Thursday, 7 July 2011

Leeds City Council plans panel approves Eastgate Quarters applications

Leeds City Council’s city centre plans panel today signalled the go-ahead for Eastgate Quarters to be developed as it approved applications by developer Hammerson.

Their plans involve the redevelopment of a large sector of the north east of Leeds city centre, bringing an estimated 4,000 retail and leisure jobs.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member responsible for city development, said:
“We welcome the city centre plans panel’s decision: the Eastgate Quarters development and the low carbon energy centre are major schemes which are vital to Leeds’ future economic growth.

“Eastgate Quarters will ensure the city’s retail sector can continue to compete nationally and internationally and bring thousands of jobs to the city. It is a rare opportunity to develop a part of the city centre which is in need of investment and regeneration.

“The low carbon energy centre is particularly exciting project which offers huge potential for the city. We are looking forward to working closely with Hammerson to bring these exciting schemes to fruition.”

Notes to editors:
Full details of the applications can be found on the council’s website at this link:plans panel agenda July 7 11

Pupils crowned carbon champions

Caption: Carbon champions Cobden Primary School

Pupils from schools in west Leeds have been learning how to cut their carbon footprint as part of an environmental action project.

The project, run by West North West Homes and their maintenance provider Morrison, has helped schools learn about how to save the environment through various workshops and group activities.

Year six pupils of Cobden Primary were declared the 2011 Carbon Action Champions after delivering their final presentation which included collages, posters, poems and a novelty slant on Old Macdonald to save the planet by converting it to Eco Donald.

Each of the four schools involved in the project looked at the impact of global warming and climate change, the sustainability of eco towns, energy saving devices in the home and built models of eco schools during a series of group activities. All the presentations were of an excellent standard, and it was clear the pupils had learnt a lot during the project.

Year six from Cobden Primary, the outright winner, was presented with the 2011 Carbon Action Champion trophy made from recycled plastic bottles and £500 worth of energy saving devices for the school donated by Morrison.

Claire Warren, chief executive for West North West Homes Leeds, said:
“Working with local children is a privilege and an excellent way to engage in our local communities. Hopefully, the lessons learnt on saving energy and reducing our carbon footprints will be transferred to the home and our customers may benefit, in these difficult economic times, from reduced fuel bills in the future.”

Rob McAuliffe, environment and sustainability manager for Morrison, said:
“As West North West homes Leeds’ new repairs partner, we were very pleased to be asked to get involved in this innovative project. Morrison is committed to improving the local environment and this project offered us a great opportunity to teach young children about sustainability and how they can play a part in making their local environment greener. By getting children involved and thinking about the environment early we hope they will be able to use this knowledge as they grow up.”

Notes to editors

West North West Homes Leeds is one of three Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMO) which manage and maintain council housing on behalf of Leeds City Council. It is wholly owned by the council, which retains ownership of housing stock and sets rents. West North West homes Leeds covers the areas of Otley, Pool, Bramhope, Guiseley, Yeadon, Cookridge, Rawdon, Holt Park. Tinshill, Horsforth, Kirkstall, Burley, Armley, Bramley, Pudsey, Woodhouse, Wortley, Farnley, and New Farnley.

Morrison is a leading provider of repairs, maintenance and capital projects for local authorities, housing associations, arms length management organisations (ALMOs) and private companies. Morrison looks after over 500,000 homes and 4,000 public buildings nationwide on behalf of its clients, employing over 3,000 people in 36 locations.


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