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South Bank Regeneration Framework Plan

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 size of Leeds city centre by transforming South Bank into a distinctive European destination for investment, living, learning, creativity and leisure.

Leeds City Council thank all of those who have engaged and taken part in the South Bank Leeds consultation which has been open since 15th August and completed on 2nd December 2016. Feedback and comments will work towards shaping the South Bank Leeds Regeneration Framework. Please continue to visit our website for updates on South Bank Leeds.

The regeneration of Leeds South bank will be transformational and help redefine the city.  In this context, a draft South Bank regeneration framework ‘masterplan’ has been prepared to drive forward the growth in the area. The framework will be revisited once the consultation responses have been examined.The vision and outcomes for the regeneration of Leeds South Bank include:

1) A vision for the HS2 station as part of integrated hub for the region to guide the delivery of a world class station befitting on Leeds’ role as a driver of the Northern economy. This will be achieved through an architectural statement that fits into the urban grain of the city: including early ideas to remove traffic from Neville Street, transforming this and the Dark Arches as a concourse for the station and major destination, as well as defining a new commercial zone of international significance in the hinterland of this station;

2) Making the River Aire and areas close to it a major leisure, events and recreation space for people of all ages to enjoy, through play, leisure and high quality design; 

3) Creation of six major pieces of public open space in the South Bank, including a forecourt for HS2, as well as public spaces for events, play and animation, in support of the city’s Child Friendly status and ambitions to be European Capital of culture;

4) A complete transformation of the road network within the South Bank to provide streets which complement the adjacent land uses. This new road hierarchy will  provide public transport priority, be pedestrian and cycle friendly, and be designed as a high quality people first focussed design through a ‘city boulevard concept’ to reduce the feel of car dominance;

5) New routes into the South Bank to adjoining neighbourhoods to improve connectivity to surrounding neighbourhoods, with land uses supporting the creation of a range of employment opportunities;

6) Expansion of the Public Transport Box south of the river to increase the bus accessibility of HS2 station and the South Bank by allowing cross city routes to give strong connections to the whole city network.  As development increases in the South Bank, it will act as the catalyst for additional routes and services;

7) The Green City Centre Park as a major piece of Green Infrastructure to serve the area and wider city;

8) Continuing the vision of a mixed use neighbourhood, with the clustering of a variety of land uses, with zones for commercial development (across a range of sectors), residential and housing, community facilities and education. Through this, limiting retail to ancillary usage, and the principle of continuing to nurture the growth of independent food, beverage and retail within the area;

9) The potential for landmark, taller buildings and major leisure destinations to be developed in the area at certain locations;

10) Innovative ideas to mitigate the potential implications of floods including potential Flood Channels and urban forests within the area.