Central Leeds: Buildings may go as part of Victoria Gate parking plan

PROPOSAL: Members of the public being shown plans for the Victoria Gate scheme.
PROPOSAL: Members of the public being shown plans for the Victoria Gate scheme.
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Several Leeds city centre buildings - including a century old textile factory - could be bulldozed to make way for additional car parking spaces as part of the £130m Victoria Gate development.

Initial plans for the second phase of work on the flagship retail project will come before planning chiefs tomorrow

The pre-application presentation will lay out proposals for the demolition of several key buildings, including the old Vicar Lane bus station and the Lyons Works clothing factory building, which was built in 1914.

Phase one of the Victoria Gate project has already been approved and work is set to start this spring. The development, housing more than 30 retailers including a flagship John Lewis store, is expected to open in autumn 2016.

A report to be presented to the plans panel today says the new proposals would allow for the “temporary re-configuration of and addition to the existing car parking”, increasing off-street spaces from 542 to 824.

The report says: “The proposals are a temporary scheme, for an estimated period of five years, to maximise the use of the existing off-street long stay car parking areas by reordering the layout. In addition, it is proposed to introduce a further 281 off-street short stay spaces for shoppers and visitors, taking the total spaces from 542 to 823.

“This short-stay car parking would provide replacement public short-stay car parking for that lost on the Union Street car park for Phase 1 of the Victoria Gate development.

“To facilitate such an increase, there would be a requirement to demolish some of the buildings on the Phase 2 site to create the necessary spaces. The proposal is for the demolition of Lyon Works, the former West Yorkshire Bus Station and the attached Provident House building.”

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