£40m plan to develop four-acre site in city

A PROPERTY developer has revealed plans for the £40 million redevelopment of a four-acre site in Leeds's Civic Quarter.

Downing have submitted plans to the city council for the proposal to create a new student development on land formerly owned by Leeds Metropolitan University.

The scheme has been designed by architects John McAslan + Partners and will create 568 student bedrooms and 4,500 sq ft of retail space across three buildings adjacent to the Inner Ring Road.

There will be a new 27,500 sq ft building and the complete refurbishment of two original university buildings, providing an additional 210,000 sq ft of student residential space, if the plans get the go-ahead.

A new public square and pedestrian link will be created between Woodhouse Lane and Calverley Street to boost the links between the city's universities, Leeds General Infirmary and the city.

There are plans to improve existing green space.

A planning decision is expected in March and, if granted approval, the scheme would be completed in September 2012.

Paul Houghton, development director at Downing, said: "We have worked closely with John McAslan + Partners to ensure that the scheme will integrate well into the city centre landscape, while the new pedestrian links will considerably improve permeability in this area of the city.

"We're confident that this new development will attract strong interest from potential retail occupants and students alike."

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