‘Culture hub’ for Leeds Tetley site

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Plans to layout a car park, create green space and develop a cultural hub on the site of the former Carlsberg-Tetley brewery site in Leeds have got the go-ahead.

Councillors agreed a 601-space long-stay car park for commuters can operate for the next five years, while the arts hub to operate in the former brewery’s headquarters building was given a 10-year planning consent.

There will be a further 226 short-stay spaces on the site which will be available after 9.30am in the morning.

PSL, a local arts group, will be based in the cultural hub that will include a new contemporary arts gallery, workshops, education facilities and a cafe and bar.

Richard Bickers, from Arup, who manage the site on Carlsberg UK’s behalf, said: “With this planning approval we will immediately begin work on opening up the site to the people of Leeds. I want to stress that this is a temporary solution and one that will provide a useful amenity to the city whilst preparations are made for the wider development of the South Bank.”

The scheme was among 16 applications from companies seeking temporary five-year consents to operate long-stay commuter car parks either in or on the fringes of the city centre.

The applications were submitted after the planners successfully took enforcement action against a number of unauthorised commuter car parks operating on sites awaiting development.

Enforcement was taken in line with the council’s aim of reducing city centre traffic growth and encouraging the use of public transport.

But the move to close the car parks caused an outcry among commuters and some councillors and the council agreed that, with development schemes stalled because of the economic downturn and the city still awaiting a trolleybus, up to 3,200 temporary commuter spaces should be allowed.

The council received applications for a total of 4,500 spaces and the city centre plans panel agreed 11 should be approved, four refused and a decision on one deferred to allow further consultation with the Highways Agency.

Along with the brewery applications, others approved were: two at Wellington Place; Sweet Street-Meadow Road; Whitehall Riverside; Skinner Lane; Globe Road A E and C; Midland Mills in Water Lane and Ingram Street.

Refused were the former Doncaster-Monkbridge site in Whitehall Road; Globe Road B and Globe Road D – which is based in a warehouse – and Globe Road-Whitehall Road. Ingram Row was deferred.

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