Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Masterplan for city centre development site

Leeds City Council is seeking people's views on a draft masterplan for the redevelopment of a prestigious development site.

The former Queens Hall site on Sovereign Street is a high profile development opportunity in the heart of Leeds, close to the railway station and the waterfront. It is a prime area for regeneration and a key part of the council’s plans to deliver a new city centre park.

Now the council wants people’s views on a draft planning statement which sets out their aspirations for the area and will help guide all future development on the site.

Redevelopment of the site could potentially open up two railway arches which will connect through to the vibrant Dark Arches and Granary Wharf area of the centre. In turn, they will open up linkages to the prime shopping and office quarters of the city and southwards to the riverside and a new proposed city centre park on the south bank of the River Aire.

People have until the 18th March 2011 to comment on the proposals. A final version of the Sovereign Street Planning Statement will then be produced and adopted later this year to be used as planning guidance for all future development at that site.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member responsible for city development, said:

“Sovereign Street is a very exciting part of our vision for the city centre; a prime spot for regeneration with huge potential to attract jobs and investment to that part of the centre.

“We’ve published this draft document to give as many people as possible the opportunity to tell us what they think about the plans for this area and to open up a debate about how we can deliver the new city centre park.”

Sovereign Street has been a temporary council-owned car park since the Queens Hall was demolished in the 1980s. It is close to the vibrant waterfront area and the train station. Development of the site is a key part of the council’s plans to deliver new green space for the city centre.

The full planning statement is available from the council's development enquiry centre at the following address: Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds LS2 8HD.Alternatively people can contact tel: 0113 2224409 and request a copy, or email planning@leeds.gov.uk.

The document is also available on the council’s website at www.leeds.gov.uk by searching for "Sovereign Street" or use the following link:

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Environment_and_planning/Planning/Planning_consultations/Sovereign_Street_planning_statement.aspx

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