Shape the city: Chance to have your say on Leeds South Bank development plans

Leader of Leeds City Council, Judith Blake.
Leader of Leeds City Council, Judith Blake.
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A MAJOR public consultation process is set to be launched on development plans for the South Bank area of Leeds.

Members of Leeds City Council’s decision-making executive board are next week expected to approve an August start for the three-month consultation.

It will seek people’s views on how to maximise the opportunities offered by the South Bank – one of the largest regeneration schemes of its type in Europe. Stretching from Holbeck’s so-called ‘urban village’ to Leeds Dock, the area earmarked for development is the equivalent of 250 football pitches.

One key issue to be considered as part of the South Bank plans is the overhaul of Leeds City Station ahead of the arrival of high-speed rail.

Also on the agenda are proposals for thousands of new homes as well as an educational hub for more than 10,000 students.

Firms such as Vastint, Burberry, Citu and CEG have recently committed more than £500m worth of investment to the South Bank.

Council leader Coun Judith Blake said: “We have already seen some success in the area with businesses of all shapes and sizes heading there.

“Further development will help drive job creation for local people for many years to come and will be a massive boost to the city and wider regional economy.

“All of those benefits only happen, however, if we get the plans right and that is why it is vital we get the views from as many people as possible to find out what they think.”

Full details of how stakeholders and members of the public can take part in the consultation will be released following next Wednesday’s executive board meeting.

Rachel Reeves, Leeds West MP and former junior chess champion, during her visit toWhingate Primary School with Grand Master Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive of CSC, to support of Chess in Schools and Communities.
Picture shows Malcolm Pein and Rachel Reeves taking part in a simul against 16 children.
Rachel will joined children of the school in a chess lesson and give a simultaneous exhibition, playing the best players from the school.
 Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) is a UK charity whose mission is to improve childrens educational outcomes and social development by introducing them to the game of chess.
16 November 2017.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Founded in 2009, CSC now teaches in over 300 schools and supports 500 more nationwide including 13 in Leeds, teaching around 1000 children each week how to play the game in classroom lessons and after-school clubs.

Chess ace Leeds MP drops into school for eight games at once