New lease of life for former Leeds factory site

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The site of an “eyesore” former factory in Leeds could be transformed into a retail development.

A planning application has been submitted to council chiefs to demolish the former Denso Marston factory, on Armley Road, and replace it with a number of new shops.

The proposals to regenerate the area could see new Lidl, Iceland and B&M Bargains stores opened on the former factory site.

And developers claim the scheme could create over 100 jobs for local people.

The Denso Marston factory, which is on one of the main roads through Armley, has been empty for a number of years since the company moved to a new premises in Shipley.

Ilkley-based developers Opus North Land (Armley) Ltd say a recent consultation revealed that 98 per cent of respondents agreed with the plans for new retail stores.

A spokesperson for Opus North Land (Armley) Ltd told the Yorkshire Evening Post:“The response from local people to our proposals has been overwhelmingly positive, with a huge majority of respondents agreeing that our proposals for regenerating this currently derelict site will bring tremendous benefits to the area.

“The new stores would provide over 100 new jobs for local people and transform a site which is currently an eyesore on one of the major roads in west Leeds.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the local community to deliver regeneration in Armley.”

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves said the plan to redevelop the land is “good news” for Armley.

She added: “The plans to redevelop this land and bring new retail outlets to Armley are potentially very good news for our area.

“I will be talking to the developers about how we can use this opportunity to bring more jobs and investment to Armley and Wortley.”

Planners are likely to make a decision on the planning application early next year.

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