Leeds Kissing Towers site set for revamp?

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residents are being asked for their views on the redevelopment of the site of the proposed Kissing Towers skyscrapers that fell victim to the credit crunch.

The site on Sovereign Street, in Leeds, was earmarked for the £115m development.

But the ambitious plan had to be shelved in 2008 after the world’s economy took a nosedive.

The city centre site was previously home to the Queens Hall, a tram depot-turned-concert venue, that was demolished in 1989. Most recently it has been used a car park.

Now Leeds City Council want locals to have their say on a draft planning statement that sets out their aspirations for the area and will help guide future development.

Redevelopment of the site could potentially open up two railway arches which will connect through to the vibrant Dark Arches and Granary Wharf area of the centre.

In turn, they will open up linkages to the prime shopping and office quarters of the city and southwards to the riverside and a new proposed city centre park on the south bank of the River Aire.

Coun Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member responsible for city development, said: “Sovereign Street is a very exciting part of our vision for the city centre; a prime spot for regeneration with huge potential to attract jobs and investment to that part of the centre.

“We’ve published this draft document to give as many people as possible the opportunity to tell us what they think about the plans for this area and to open up a debate about how we can deliver the new city centre park.”

Sovereign Street has been a temporary council-owned car park and the development of the site is a key part in the council’s plans to deliver new green space for the city centre.

Residents have until March 18 to comment on the proposals and a final version of the planning statement will be produced and adopted later this year.

The full planning statement is available from the council’s development enquiry centre at Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds LS2 8HD.

The plans can also be viewed online at www.leeds.gov.uk or request a copy from planning@leeds.gov.uk.


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