A new community at a gateway location
This site has long been identified for its potential to provide a vibrant new neighbourhood in this emergent area of Leeds.
It is bordered by New York Road, Bridge Street, Gower Street and Regent Street and was once occupied by British Gas prior to their relocation to Holbeck. A previously consented planning application for a development comprised of four residential towers – ranging from 23 to 40 storeys – was submitted in 2008 and approved in 2011. The site is seen as a natural home for a landmark development due to its strategic location next to the inner ring road.
This new masterplan for the site responds to the emerging development of Victoria Gate, which extends the city’s retail core towards the northern part of the city centre. It also responds to the emerging creative quarter in the Mabgate district, helping to provide a more attractive link from the city centre to this rejuvenated part of the city.
New homes in a sustainable city centre location
The new proposals provide a significant number of new homes, responding to the continued strong demand within Leeds for centrally located, high-quality residential accommodation. While a number of residential developments are coming forward to the south of the city centre, this scheme will provide new homes in the north, helping to provide a balance and increase choice. The proposals are also in accordance with the Leeds Core Strategy which seeks to provide 10,200 new dwellings in the City Centre up to 2030.
New public realm to create a walkable, liveable neighbourhood
Development of this site provides the opportunity to create spaces that will make the area more attractive and welcoming for new residents and existing members of the community. While the ring road and underpass currently creates a barrier that is not a welcoming environment, these proposals will provide extensive improvements to this area. The scheme will also improve east-west links by creating an attractive green corridor which runs from Lovell Park to the west, through the site and to St Mary’s in the east.
The developers behind this landmark scheme
This landmark regeneration project is being developed by a consortium of Singapore-listed companies led by Heeton Holdings Ltd, together with KSH Holdings Ltd, Lian Beng Group Ltd and Ryobi Kiso Holdings Ltd.