Burberry’s £50m vision for new site at Leeds South Bank to be discussed

Temple Works in Leeds. Pic: James Hardisty.
Temple Works in Leeds. Pic: James Hardisty.
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PLANS for a new £50m Burberry manufacturing site that will bring 1,000 jobs to Leeds will be discussed by council chiefs next week.

The YEP revealed last week that the luxury brand plans to invest in a state-of-the-art facility at Leeds’s South Bank.

Now Leeds City Council will set out the principles by which it will support Burberry’s proposals at a meeting of its executive board on Wednesday, November 18.

Council chiefs will consider how it can work with the company and ensure economic benefits across the Leeds City Region.

Speaking before the meeting, councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: “Burberry’s exciting and ambitious proposal is one of the single largest employment opportunities in the Leeds South Bank.

“It will have a transformational impact, bringing jobs, training and regeneration to the area.

“We will work closely with Burberry and our city region partners to move these proposals forward and ensure we deliver on our shared goal of achieving growth in a way which is compassionate and benefits communities.”

Council chiefs will also consider how it will work with the company on future potential phases of their proposals, including plans to restore the Grade I-listed Temple Works.

The new £50m facility will replace the two existing centres at Castleford and Cross Hills, which employ around 770 staff.

It is proposed that both teams will move to the new site, with the old sites handed back to the local community for regeneration schemes.