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Huge Leeds city centre development proposed

Huge Leeds city centre development proposed

A major mixed-use redevelopment project has been proposed for a 3.52-acre site in the South bank area of central Leeds that has been hailed as doubling the size of the city centre.

Developer CEG has submitted a planning application to Leeds City Council for the derelict area, which is within easy walking distance of the south entrance of Leeds railway station and would include offices, shops, a hotel, housing and parking, interspersed with public spaces.

There would be around 750 new homes, 103,900 sq m of offices and 26,100 sq m of retail and leisure space in the scheme. 

Development director at CEG John Kenny described the South Bank as "a place to create an exceptional living and working environment; one rich in history and architectural gems waiting to be reinvigorated."

He added: "This is a derelict site where we can deliver a vibrant mixed-use strategic development of a critical mass and international quality that can enable this regeneration area to become a true gateway into the city, reconnecting local communities."

The company has said it believes the development of the South Bank around the River Aire can double the size of the city centre, with as many as 35,000 new homes, as well as attract large-scale commercial investment. 

Among the specific features of the scheme would be the retention of the Printworks facade to provide a heritage link with the past, while major residential and commercial buildings would range in height from five to 40 storeys.  

Historically known as Holbeck, the re-branding of the area as the 'South Bank' echoes the pattern seen in developments such as New Islington in Manchester. This involved expanding the city centre eastward by transforming Ancoats, an area which, like Holbeck, was traditionally highly industrialised but has fallen into decline as old mills and factories closed.

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