Monday, 22 March 2010

Statement in response to the granting of outline planning permission for the Leeds Arena

Today, the city council’s city centre plans panel granted outline planning permission, subject to conditions, for plans to construct a 13,500 capacity arena on Claypit Lane in Leeds City Centre.

Councillor Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds City Council and executive member responsible for city development said:
“This is great news and another very positive step forward in delivering the city region’s long-term ambition for an arena in Leeds.

“Being granted outline planning permission provides the council with a strong platform to finalise the arena design.

“We will soon be in a position to announce the preferred contractor to build the arena and are now well on target for construction to start by the end of the year.”


For media enquiries please contact:
Sara Hyman, Leeds City Council press office tel: (0113) 224 3602

Editor’s note
The outline planning application is part of a two-stage planning process for the Leeds Arena, with the outline being followed by a reserved matters application. The outline planning application has approved: maximum design parameters, design principles, highways and access plans.

The next stage of the planning process will seek permission for detailed design plans, including external elevations and the public realm around the arena.

Ove Arup and Partners is the planning agent for the arena, acting on behalf of the council as developer, to prepare and submit the outline planning application.

Comment on government's trolleybus decision

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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Yorkshire storyteller hosts ‘evening with’

Best-selling author Gervase Phinn will be ‘Head over Heels’ to be back in Yorkshire as he hosts ‘An evening with’ event to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s charity appeal.

Yorkshire born storyteller Gervase will be hosting the evening with on Thursday 8 April at The Banquet Hall in the Civic Hall. Gervase will recount tales and stories from schools, especially those in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales where he was an inspector for many years.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Elliott said:
“Gervase Phinn is wonderful to watch and listen to, and speaks passionately about the dales and his time living and working there.

“We are very lucky to have him hosting the evening for us, and I thoroughly look forward to listening to him.

“All the money raised from the event will go to three very worthwhile charities, Middleton Park Equestrian Centre - Riding for the Disabled, Create and the Leeds Samaritans.”

Gervase taught in a range of schools for 14 years before becoming an education adviser and school inspector for the Yorkshire Dales area. He is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster and writer, best known for his best-selling autobiographical novels: The Other Side of the Dale, Over Hill and Dale and Head Over Heels in the Dales.

Tickets for the evening cost £15, and can be ordered by making a cheque payable to ‘The Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal’ and returning it to: The Lord Mayor’s Office, Civic Hall, Leeds LS1 1UR by 29 March 2010.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450