Welcome to the South Bank Leeds website. We have ambitious plans to double the size of Leeds city centre, this website aims to provide you with all the information you need to learn about proposals for the 253 hectare regeneration area.


South Bank Leeds Regeneration Framework SPD

Redeveloping the South Bank area of Leeds will be the biggest change the city has seen in more than a hundred years. We aim to double the economic impact of Leeds city centre by transforming South Bank into a distinctive global destination for investment, sustainable living, learning, creativity and leisure.

The South Bank Leeds Regeneration Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has been produced to provide clear guidance for the future development of South Bank and to establish principles to drive the growth of the area.

South Bank Principles

The regeneration of South Bank, Leeds will be transformational and help redefine the city. The vision and outcomes for the regeneration of South Bank, Leeds include:

1) Activate the waterfront, making the River Aire and areas close to it, world-class leisure, events and recreation spaces at the very heart of the city centre. Transforming these areas into places for people of all ages to enjoy through play, leisure and urban design.

2) Creation of a clear movement system: Inner Ring Road > City Boulevard > Pedestrian Precinct and Public Transport Box. This hierarchy will include the transformation of the City Centre Loop to a slower, more pedestrian and cycle friendly City Boulevard. This boulevard will allow for active frontages, landscaping and traffic calming measures.

3) Improving access beyond the Inner Ring Road, with new or improved pedestrian and cycle connections into the city centre. These connections will come from the east, west and south, improving access for the communities in Holbeck, Beeston, Hunslet, Cross Green and Saxton Gardens.

4) Implementation of a sustainable parking strategy, consisting of short stay and limited long stay car parks in and near the South Bank. This is to be supported by strategically located Park & Ride, with long stay car parks mainly being placed outside the City Boulevard. This will encourage drivers to seek alternative forms of transport to the city centre, creating safer, healthier and more enjoyable city centre environment.

5) Expansion of the pedestrian area, excluding private vehicles to create safe, comfortable and attractive pedestrian environments. There will be easy pedestrian and cycling access to the waterfront, developments, public spaces and the future Leeds Integrated Train Station.

6) Creation of a green and blue network consisting of streets, paths, urban spaces and parks that connect the South Bank, the city centre, the River Aire, and local neighbourhoods. As part of this, the new City Centre Park will be a major piece of green infrastructure to serve the area and wider city.

7) Adapting heritage and linking it with existing assets, strengthening the identity and character of the South Bank. The area will boast a heritage network linked clearly through the area.

8) Creating and expanding a series of walkable neighbourhoods which complement each other. This will build upon the existing strengths and clusters such as education around Leeds City College, digital at Leeds Dock, and creative at Holbeck.

9) Improving resilience and sustainability, contributing to the Flood Alleviation Strategy for Leeds and the South Bank. Doing this will ensure safe environments for residents, business and wildlife, and increase the likelihood of investment in the area.

10) Celebrating the culture in the South Bank and making it an integral part of the approach to placemaking. South Bank already has a diverse cultural identity that will be recognised, valued and encouraged, whilst new developments actively encourage new cultural opportunities.