Leeds South Bank Plan ‘Recommended For Approval’

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Leeds South Bank Plan ‘Recommended For Approval’

Leeds South Bank Plan ‘Recommended For Approval’

On the South Bank, you could soon be expecting to see existing building coming down and scaffolding going up as contractors start work on plans to transform the area in Leeds.

According to Insider Media, the mixed-use development is set to get the go ahead when it goes in front of the council on September 13th. But what will it mean for the area? We’re looking into the plans in a little more detail.

The application in question was submitted in March this year, and refers to the former site of Evans Halshaw next to the Leeds Dock. Under this plan, the existing building would be set for demolition and, in its place, five new buildings would be built alongside new homes.

These buildings will be between six and 20 storeys tall, depending on usage, and would supply the area with 928 homes, as well as cafés, restaurants and office and retail space.

For both the developers and the council, it’s a significant development, not only because it makes up a large percentage of the amount of homes the council had planned into the re-development and rejuvenation of the Southbank area. They aim to increase housing there by 8,000, and double the size of the city centre, also introducing new green spaces.

The X1 South Bank scheme will include a mixture of apartments and townhouses ranging form between one and three roomed dwellings. Residential buildings will also boast facilities such as balconies, roof terraces and on-site gyms, as well as secure underground parking, while ground floor retail units would also provide jobs – something which the council hopes to increase by 35,000 through the development of the South Bank area.

In its recommendation of the application, a report produced had of the council meeting says that: “This scheme is a significant regeneration opportunity that has potential to contribute to the delivery of the Council’s adopted place-making vision for the transformation of the South Bank area, and high quality development which would bring with it a number of new sustainable dwellings.”

The report also says that the new development will be honour the historical buildings that sit around it, hopefully bringing those that need it back into use. Currently, the brownfield site is considered unsightly, so this rejuvenation is hoped to bring some pride back to the area.

New green space is also at the centre of the South Bank regeneration, with a new park planned that’s over four times the size of Millennium Square as well as six other public spaces featuring landscaped greenery. Routes connecting these spaces will also give priority to pedestrians and cyclists over cars.

The South Bank regeneration scheme was given formal approval in August, reported Rail Technology Magazine, and incorporates into it a complete overhaul of Leeds train station. This renovation is happening with HS2 and Northern Powerhouse rail in mind, to be able to incorporate the services further down the line and increase Leeds transport links with these high speed services.