Leeds City Council’s City Centre Plans Panel has resolved to grant consent for Hammerson’s proposal for the regeneration of Eastgate Quarters.
The 92,900m² (1,000,000ft²) retail-led scheme will create approximately 4,000 retail and leisure jobs and will transform the site north-east of Leeds city centre, most of which has been empty for the past four decades.
Eastgate Quarters will make provision for two of the UK’s largest names in retailing, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, alongside 130 new retail and restaurants units.
The scheme, designed by ACME, includes major changes such as a new civic square and the pedestrianisation of all the streets within Eastgate Quarters. The £600 million scheme also includes the restoration of historic buildings, a two level shopping arcade which will complement Leeds’ rich architectural heritage, refurbished offices and the largest shopper car park in the city with around 2,500 spaces.
A low-carbon energy centre for the scheme has also been consented which will provide heating, cooling and electricity required by the development, with the opportunity to also support neighbouring homes and businesses.
Commenting on the decision Andrew Hilston, Project Director for Eastgate Quarters said: “I am delighted with the positive decision from Leeds City Council. Hammerson has been working hard over the past few years to develop the best possible scheme to put Leeds firmly on the retail map. The scheme will create thousands of jobs, boosting the local economy, and will strengthen Leeds’ status as a leading European city destination.”
Adding his thoughts, Jeremy Collins, Property Director for John Lewis said: “We welcome the news that Hammerson has been granted planning permission for Eastgate Quarters, which will bring John Lewis one step closer to having a retail presence in Leeds. We firmly believe the development will successfully regenerate the area and lift the city to a new level in the hierarchy of UK shopping destinations.”
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