City centre site plans unveiled

PLANS for a major redevelopment of a key Leeds city centre site have been published.

Leeds City Council is proposing three buildings, including one up to 15 storeys high, could be constructed on the Sovereign Street plot around a new public space.

The land was the site of the Queens Hall until its demolition in 1989 and has in recent years been used as a council car park.

The council believes redevelopment of the site could open up two railway arches, connect to the nearby Granary Wharf development and link the city centre to a proposed new park on the south bank of the River Aire.

Coun Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member responsible for city development, said: "Sovereign Street is a very exciting part of our vision for the city centre; a prime spot for regeneration with huge potential to attract jobs and investment to that part of the centre.

"We've published this draft document to give as many people as possible the opportunity to tell us what they think about the plans for this area and to open up a debate about how we can deliver the new city centre park."

In December, it emerged that KPMG and Leeds City Council have entered into a nine month agreement with a view to creating a new headquarters for the company on the site.

The council says it is looking for a mix of uses at the site that could include hotels, restaurants, offices, residential and retail.


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