Leeds City Council's executive board, the principal decision making body of the council, have approved reports on both the Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan and South Bank Leeds Regeneration Framework.
Meeting on the 18th of October, the board approved a masterplan which will link the exisiting Leeds Station with a new HS2 hub. The report outlines the need to improve and expand Leeds Station and ensure that HS2 is integrated seamlessly with other rail services, creating new rail capacity to support growth in Leeds and the City Region.
The masterplan has been adopted to provide the guiding principles for the future of Leeds Station and the arrival of HS2. The four guiding aims are to create:
A World Class Hub - through quality of architecture, urban design, connectivity and delivery
A Distinctive Gateway - that proudly announces arrival into Leeds and speaks to the unique characteristics of the city
A Destination Station - an attractive place to visit in Leeds City Centre
A Connected Place - integrating national, regional and local transport modes
Download: Report to Executive Board on Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan ; Report to Executive Board on South Bank Leeds Regeneration Framework ; Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan Summary ; draft South Bank Leeds Regeneration Framework SPD
The recommendations for the South Bank Leeds Framework Plan also gained approval from the board. After undergoing significant consultation on the document in 2016, during which over 32,000 comments were collected, it was recommended that a number of changes were made to the framework. These included strengthening the focus on the River Aire, incorporating Culture as a key principle throughout, and to expand the boundary of the area itself covered by the framework.
In addition to this, plans were endorsed for a further six week consultation on the South Bank Leeds Framework Plan, which has now become a draft Supplementary Planning Document that includes the Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan. This consultation runs from the 8th of November to the 20th of December, 2017. Check here for further information on the consultation.