On 12th October 2017 Vastint took their outline planning application for a City Centre Park to Leeds City Councils Plans Panel. The former Tetley Brewery site, in the South Bank area of Leeds City Centre was purchase by developer Vastint back in 2016. It soon came apparent what the developers plans were for the site with early discussion between Vastint unveiled the vision to develop a City Centre Park.
Leeds City Council’s vision in the South Bank Planning Statement (2011) and, more recently, in the South Bank Framework Plan (2016) recently adopted into a supplementary planning document, helped to inspire Vastint to inject new life into this part of the city centre, with particular emphasis on a new park as the catalyst for transforming the area.
The scheme would make a substantial contribution to the proposed City Park and planned new housing provision and place-making opportunities for the South Bank and Aire Valley. It would also provide significant employment and economic growth opportunities in a location close to the proposed High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) station.
Overall the site aims to deliver: Up to 850 residential units (use class C3) comprising the following mix;
-10% Studio: 85 units
-27%1 Bed: 230 units
-43% 2 Bed: 365 units of which 12% are flexible residential units
-20% 3 Bed: 170 units of which 12% are flexible residential units
-5% of the residential units will comprise affordable housing
-85,000 sqm of B1 office floorspace
15,000 sqm of flexible commercial uses floorspace providing up to the following maximum:
-Retail (use class A1) up to 8,000 sqm with no unit larger than 1200 sqm
-Financial and Professional services (use class A2) up to 500 sqm
-Cafes and Restaurants (use class A3) up to 8,000 sqm
-Drinking Establishments (use class A4) up to 4,000 sqm
-Hot Food Take Away (use class A5) up to 300 sqm
-Business (use class B1) up to 2,000 sqm
-Non-Residential (use class D1) and Assembly and Leisure (use class D2) up to 4,000sqm
-Up to two hotels with a combined total of 400 beds (use class C1)