‘Dynamic’ plans for Leeds site of old YEP building

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PROPOSALS to build offices and apartments or a hotel on the site of the former Yorkshire Post Newspapers building in Leeds will go before a planning committee next week.

Developers are seeking permission to create three office blocks and a fourth block of apartments or a hotel at the junction of Wellington Street and Wellington Bridge Street.

Demolitions crews have cleared the 4.6 acre site and only the landmark clock tower remains of the old newspaper office building.

It was home to both the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post for more than 40 years.

The proposed three new office buildings would range in height from 15 to eight storeys as they step down towards the River Aire, with room for 290 basement car parking spaces.

A report to Leeds City Council’s city plans panel, which meets next Thursday, states that the proposed scheme is “dynamic and positive” and provides the opportunity to create large areas of open space.

The report concludes: “The scheme is in a prominent location and will act as a gateway to the city centre.

“The site is clearly in a sustainable location and will bring a large range of uses to a site which is well connected to all modes of public transport.

“The introduction of a new riverside space to provide both a leisure and natural habitat feature, would increase the range of the city’s offer to residents, workers and visitors alike.

“There is a high likelihood that this proposal will result in a greater focus of activity and investment in the area to the benefit of surrounding buildings and sites,”

The old Yorkshire Post building was opened in 1970 by Prince Charles and housed more than 1,300 staff.

Both The Yorkshire and Yorkshire Evening Post moved to new offices at No 1 Leeds on Whitehall Road in 2012.

The old building was sold to a private investor in 2013.