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Sovereign Street Plans Considered

Major revamp discussed next week

Written by . Published on July 22nd 2011.


Sovereign Street Plans Considered

THE MUCH-needed development of Leeds City Centre takes another huge step forward as councillors consider plans to redevelop the prestigious Sovereign Street site.

Senior councillors will be asked next week to approve a revised planning statement for the area and to approve the heads of terms with KPMG and developer Sovereign Leeds Ltd.

“It offers the opportunity of creating links to with the riverside area and beyond to the South Bank, Clarence Dock and Holbeck Urban Village, opening up that part of the centre and creating thousands of jobs."

If given the go-ahead by the council’s executive board the move will kick-start the redevelopment of the whole of the Sovereign Street site delivering new green space, and two further development sites in the city centre.

Sovereign Leeds Ltd will purchase part of the site for the development of a new 60,000 sq ft site which will be leased by KPMG to house its new city centre offices.

Sovereign Street has been a council-owned temporary car park since the Queens Hall was demolished in 1989. It is a prime site close to the city’s vibrant waterfront area, the railway station, the city centre retail core and a key part of the council’s plans to enhance and regenerate the southern part of the city centre.

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. That will open up linkages to the prime shopping and office quarters of the city and southwards to the riverside and the new proposed green space area on the south bank of the River Aire.

“We are delighted at the prospect of the Sovereign Street site being developed, it provides an outstanding opportunity to create an innovative and well designed environment in a key regeneration area of the city,” said councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member responsible for city development.

“It offers the opportunity of creating links to with the riverside area and beyond to the South Bank, Clarence Dock and Holbeck Urban Village, opening up that part of the centre and creating thousands of jobs.

“The response to the planning statement consultation was very enthusiastic with many respondents also recognising the huge benefits that new green space will bring to the area along with the potential to connect to the proposed city centre park to the south of the river.”

The Draft Leeds South Bank Planning Statement was put out to consultation in September last year and the results will be reported back to Executive Board soon.

A copy of the full Development Proposals for the Sovereign Street Site report will be presented to a meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board on 27 July at 1pm.

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