Blueprint for 20,000 Leeds jobs

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It is earmarked for a new city centre park and could provide 20,000 new jobs and now people are being urged to have their say over how Leeds's southern gateway should develop.

A masterplan has been drawn up by the council for a key area south of the River Aire.

Over the past year, the council has been working with landowners to develop a long-term vision for the southern end of the city centre, an important gateway to Leeds and a prime location for regeneration, business investment and job creation.

Linley & Simpson has been appointed to handle the letting of up to 50 new apartments by the Leeds waterfront.

Now people have until October 13 to give their views on the draft Leeds South Bank Planning Statement, which was approved by the council's executive board in July and has now been published for official public consultation.

A final version of the blueprint will then be produced and adopted later this year to guide future development in the area.

Coun Richard Lewis, executive member for city development, said: "It is expected that this area of the city centre, from Victoria Lane to Crown Point Road, is likely to change significantly in the next few years and we want to make sure it does so in a way which creates jobs, attracts investment and builds an attractive environment for all the people of Leeds.

"At the heart of the proposal is the creation of a new city centre park which would be a fantastic new green space for residents and visitors.

"We want the public and all interested parties to look at these proposals and tell us what they think - the public's involvement is crucial to the success of such an important document."

The full planning statement is available from the council's development enquiry centre, at the Leonardo Building, on 2 Rossington Street, Leeds LS2 8HD, call 2224409 to request a copy or email planning@leeds.gov.uk


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