Development on key Leeds road route set to get green light

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A retail and gym development on a key route into the centre of Leeds looks set to get the green light from council planners today.

The site earmarked for the 4,000 sq m scheme stands at the junction of Regent Street and Skinner Lane, in Mabgate.

Formerly home to a car showroom, it has not been in use since 2008 and is regarded as something of an eyesore on a route that provides one of the main gateways into the heart of Leeds.

The Gregory Property Group development firm is seeking planning permission from Leeds City Council for two retail units and a gym at the site.

And a report to a meeting today of Leeds City Council’s city plans panel indicates that the project is likely to be given the go-ahead.

It says that, on balance, the proposed development is “acceptable”, adding: “The scheme also has a range of wider benefits, through job creation, skills improvement, economic growth [and] improved local facilities to benefit the local community.”

The report also reveals, however, that plans for the site have been opposed by the Leeds Civic Trust heritage watchdog and a number of retailers, including Yorkshire supermarket giant Morrisons.

If the scheme wins approval, the larger of the retail units would be occupied by discount food chain Aldi.

Aldi says the new store would create 40 jobs while a further 100 people would be employed during its construction phase.

The Pure Gym chain has been identified as one of Aldi’s potential neighbours at the site, which is close to the Porcelanosa bathroom showroom.

Leeds-based Gregory Property Group’s previous schemes include the Springfield House office building on Wellington Street in the city centre and the £40m Broad Street Plaza development in Halifax.

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