The Leeds economy is on the brink of a “massive boost” - with plans for a new business park, which could bring 13,000 jobs to the the city, set for approval.
A trio of proposals for new office, retail and leisure facilities at Thorpe Park, plus the creation of a new link road and huge public green space, are expected to get the go-ahead from council planning chiefs tomorrow.
The scheme includes shops, restaurants, hotels and a gym.
It is expected to create 3,000 jobs during the construction phase, and 10,000 when complete.
The proposals form part of the broader East Leeds Extension plans, which could see up to 6,000 new houses built in the surrounding area of the city.
Leeds City Council executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services councillor Peter Gruen said today the project would be a “massive boost to the Leeds economy”.
Almost 600,000 sq ft of business space has already been built at Thorpe Park, and the new planning application adds up to 1.1 million sq ft of office space.
If councillors give the plans their consent, the blueprint will be referred to the Secretary of State for final approval as it affects green belt land.
The proposals also incorporate plans for a new Manston Lane Link Road, which would connect the East Leeds Extension area with Junction 46 of the M1 motorway, and would aim to reduce local congestion.
Coun Gruen said the trio of projects “represent an opportunity for a massive boost to the Leeds and wider Leeds City Region economy and the creation of thousands of new jobs”.
“It will also deliver the new Manston Lane Link Road and open up new housing land for development in East Leeds. Should the applications be approved we will continue to work with the developers to ensure any problems are resolved so that the area and wider city can benefit fully from this development.”
Success would come at the second time of asking for developers, after a previous scheme for the site was rejected.
Green belt campaigner Dr David Ingham, chairman of WARD (Wharfedale and Airedale Review Development), said: “We would prefer them to build on brownfield sites, which are abundant in the city and along the Aire Valley.”