Thursday, 26 September 2013

Statement on Thorpe Park development planning approval

A planning application for major new developments at Thorpe Park in east Leeds to include office, retail and leisure facilities was today fully approved by Leeds City Council's city plans panel.

The proposals, which will create up to 13,000 jobs as part of the wider East Leeds Extension and will also see the creation of the new Manston Lane Link Road and a new Green Park, were fully approved after councillors requested an additional meeting to further consider the retail conditions and level of public transport to be provided on the new link road.

After approval was given on those remaining two elements, Leeds City Council executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services Councillor Peter Gruen said:

“The development at Thorpe Park will be a fantastic boost in terms of jobs, the economy and regeneration for east Leeds and beyond with the Manston Lane Link Road being central to that. The additional meeting was helpful in terms of ensuring the outstanding issues were fully considered by the city plans panel.”

The application will now be referred to the Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government as a departure from the Statutory Development Plan and for consultation under the Town and Country Planning (Consultation) (England) Direction 2009.

To see the additional report presented to the panel today visit


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472

Victoria Gate development secures planning approval


Caption: Artist's impressions of how the new Victoria Gate will look (credit Hammerson plc)

Hammerson, the retail developer behind Victoria Gate in Leeds, has today received approval of its £130million development by the city council’s plans panel.

The formal decision by councillors at Civic Hall marks an important next step towards construction work starting on the 37,000m2 (phase 1) of retail space in Spring 2014.

Previously known as Eastgate Quarters, phase one of the Victoria Gate development is set to generate 2,700 construction employment opportunities, as well as more than 1,500 retail and hospitality jobs when it opens in Autumn 2016.

As well as housing more than 30 retailers, the development will anchor a 24,000m2 flagship John Lewis store featuring a striking fa├žade that draws on Leeds’ proud textile heritage. The John Lewis store will also link to the existing Victoria Quarter in an elegantly designed two street arcade and include a multistory car park for more than 800 cars.

Hammerson Project Director for Victoria Gate, Joe Swindells, said:

“The positive decision from Leeds City Council’s plans panel is a major next step towards getting construction underway in the spring. We are fully committed to creating a retail development that will not only reaffirm Leeds’ status as a top retail destination for luxury and aspirational brands in the UK, but will also add value to Leeds’ local economy and community.”

Leeds City Council executive member for the economy and development Councillor Richard Lewis said:

“This approval in fantastic news for the city as Victoria Gate is going to provide a huge boost to the Leeds and wider city region economies. The scheme will help regenerate that area of the city centre and will complement the well-established Victoria Quarter and the brand new Trinity Leeds to further enhance the exceptional retail offer in the city. Victoria Gate will also mean the creation of hundreds of new jobs to help local people and I look forward to seeing work get underway on site in the coming months to bring this development to reality.“

Hammerson achieved outline-planning consent in July 2011, and submitted detailed designs to the council in July 2013. The designs have received overwhelmingly positive feedback during the consultation process and were also recommended for approval following the determination report submitted to the council.


For media enquiries please contact Victoria Bartram or Claire Davis at Turn Key on 0113 246 1199 or / , or Louise Romain at Hammerson on 02078871838 or .

Give touch rugby league a try in Leeds

Monday 30 September sees the start of a Rugby League World Cup 2013 themed touch rugby programme in Leeds.

Organised by Leeds City Council, the 12 week long programme is an opportunity for rugby league enthusiasts who don’t want to play the full contact version of the game to get involved. For those taking part there will be opportunities to meet and play against ex and current professional rugby league players plus special guests from the small and wide screen.

The programme will include 12 teams made up of both male and female players, plus two ‘turn up and play’ teams for individuals not linked to a regular squad. Games will be played on Monday evenings at the John Charles Centre for Sport between 6pm and 10pm, and will involve over 100 players.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member responsible for learning and skills said:
“This programme of indoor touch rugby is an excellent way for people to participate in the game whilst improving or maintaining their fitness in a friendly environment.

“We are really keen that our role as a host city for Rugby League World Cup 2013 leaves a lasting legacy for the game in Leeds, and programmes like this will help to make the sport more accessible to all.”

Teams will have a maximum of eight players, with the cost per team being £24 each week. For ‘turn up and play’ players the cost is £3.50 per week. For more information please call 0113 395 0163 or email:


Additional information
Two Rugby League World Cup 2013 matches will be played at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on 8 and 15 November respectively. To ensure that as many people as possible are able to enjoy the international game once the regular season has ended, a fantastic incentive is on offer when buying tickets for the games in Leeds. When a ticket to one of the games is purchased, a ticket for the second game is then available to buy at half price. Ticket prices start at just £10 (£5 concessions) for group games and quarter-finals.

Tickets are available from the ticket office at Headingley Carnegie Stadium and the Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Railway Station, the opening hours of which are Monday 10am - 5.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. For more information please visit the website, email, or telephone 0113 242 5242.

Tickets can also be purchased by visiting or by calling the 24 hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (07712) 214223