West Leeds: Shops and jobs boost for Armley

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves has welcomed the plans.

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves has welcomed the plans.

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THE site of an “eyesore” former factory in Armley is to be transformed into a retail development which is set to create more than 100 new jobs.

Leeds City Council has given the green light to a development company’s plans to demolish the former Denso Marston factory on Armley Road and replace it with new shops.

Ilkley-based developers Opus North Land (Armley) Ltd are in discussions with Lidl, B&M Bargains and Iceland over proposed new stores at the site.

The Denso Marston factory, which is on one of the main roads through Armley, has been empty for a number of years since the company moved to a new premises in Shipley.

A spokesman for Opus North (Armley) Ltd said: “We are delighted that councillors have approved plans for the regeneration of this derelict site.

“It has been empty for a number of years and has increasingly become an eyesore.

“Our plans have proven very popular with local residents, with 98 per cent of respondents to our consultation last year saying they agreed with the plans.

“The development will create over 100 local jobs – a real boost for Armley.”

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves said: “The plans to redevelop this land and bring new retail outlets to Armley are potentially very good news for our area.

“I have been working with the developers to ensure that the opportunity brings more jobs and investment to Armley. Now that plans have been approved, I will continue talking to them about making the most of this opportunity for our area.” Coun James McKenna (Labour/Armley), said: “The Denso Marston site has been an eyesore for more than 20 years. Armley councillors and the local community were extensively consulted on the plans and are very much in favour of the development.”