YEP Says, June 18: Tetley site sale is chance for us to realise ambition

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What is potentially the anchor site in the regeneration of Leeds’ South Bank, the former Tetley Brewery area, has been put on the market.

What is potentially the anchor site in the regeneration of Leeds’ South Bank, the former Tetley Brewery area, has been put on the market.

Its sale provides a massive opportunity to be the catalyst for development of the area.

Already, there is rumoured to be interest from the likes of Ikea and Asda, but is this really what we want from this area?

Any development should reflect the ambitions the city council has for this region, and should complement the Tetley Art Gallery.

The blueprint is to transform the south bank area into a 21st century community with family friendly homes and open spaces.

We need to see some imaginative thinking in creating a devbelopment on this land that mirrors that aspiration.

A vision that perhaps sees an arts quarter, linking to the digital sector nearby is a tantalising prospect.

There is a real opportunity to build a new space for Leeds and a magnet for people to come, establish their businesses and attract visitors.

What must not happen is that the land is allowed to lie fallow for years to come, serving as a makeshift car park with developers sitting on the asset watching its property value rise.

Council needs to fill the black hole

The fact that more school places in Roundhay are needed is undeniable after around 80 people in the north of Leeds were not allocated places near their homes.

The strength of feeling and sense of anger was so strong it galvanized a community of parents to fight to change the deicison made by Leeds City Council’s education leaders.

As a result the council has been able to secure 90 new places at a number of schools in the area.

Job done? No. It is to the credit of the parents that they want to ensure this does not happen to future generations and they are investigating whether to campaign for a free schoool.

That is not necessarily the answer. We want to see a clear commitment from the council to say what they want to do to avoid a repeat.

PIC: Simon Hulme

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