Creative vision for Leeds city centre’s future

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Creative minds are being urged to design innovative ways to improve public spaces and streets across Leeds.

A report to Leeds City Council’s executive board looks at developing an approach for improving Leeds’s public realm and street design.

Among the ideas are dynamic artist’s impressions of what areas like Greek Street, Lower Basinghall Street, and lower Eastgate could look like in the future.

The report sets out a number of objectives that will help shape the strategy, including increasing connectivity for pedestrians between different parts of the city centre, removing clutter, and developing high quality buildings and spaces that can host major events.

Once finalised, other key aims of the strategy will include increasing footfall, creating new destinations and routes for visitors and shoppers and helping to stimulate further investment and economic growth.

The council hopes the strategy will also encourage the public to give the council their ideas about what they want to see happen to public spaces in the city centre.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said:“Leeds city centre has undergone some radical and exciting transformations in recent years, with developments like Trinity Leeds and the Arena Quarter creating a number of attractive new destinations for visitors.

“The evolution of the city centre will continue as flagship projects like Victoria Gate and the South Bank take shape and with that the need for pedestrians to be able to move freely around these destinations will become increasingly important.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported earlier this week that City Square could be permanently closed to general traffic as part of plans to create a “world-class gateway” to Yorkshire’s unofficial capital.

Leeds City Council bosses revealed that development work is already under way on a package of measures designed to make the landmark square a virtual traffic-free zone by 2021