Planning chiefs in Leeds have given the green light to the next stage of the transformation of the city’s ‘West End’.
Outline planning consent has been granted for a new 600,000 sq ft phase of mixed-use development on Whitehall Riverside, on a site currently being used as a car park.
The approval provides outline consent for 375,000 sq ft of offices spread over three eight-storey buildings, restaurant, cafe and leisure space and a 500 space car park all on the south side of Whitehall Road.
The proposal includes No.2 Whitehall Riverside, the largest of the three office buildings.
Edward Ziff, chairman and chief executive of Town Centre Securities PC, said: “We are delighted to have received outline planning consent for this phase of development which is so crucial to the long-term regeneration and vibrancy of the West End of Leeds.
“At present, there is little or no available Grade A stock to meet occupiers’ requirements for large floor-plates and we are now able to commit to that through bringing our plans to life.”
Scheme architect Gregg Mitchell said the plans have been produced to bring “a sense of unity to Leeds’ West End”.
He said: “While this was a stand-alone application, it has been designed with its surroundings in mind. We have strived to create both visual and physical links between the city centre, Holbeck and Leeds train station.
“It is an incredibly exciting development for the city and will undoubtedly enhance its already strong appeal.”
Plans for two new buildings, forming part of the already under way Wellington Place development, were also given initial approval at the same meeting, paving the way for a full planning application and adding to the ambitious overall vision for Leeds’s Whitehall Road area.