Great news for Leeds as building project given green light

Mone Bros has grown steadily over the last 50 years from our early beginnings in Gildersome, and as a Leeds based business, we take a keen interest in building projects planned for the area. An ambitious project planned for land in Holbeck is to come before Leeds City Council for planning approval at their next meeting on April 19th.

The £350m development plan, put forward by Commercial Estates Group has already been recommended for approval, and is to be presented to council planning committee members again this week. The plan includes a 40 storey residential skyscraper that would be Yorkshire’s tallest building. Built around the Water Lane print works, the scheme would retain this iconic historic building along with a listed bridge crossing the Hol Beck. Other buildings in the area would be demolished, to make way for two office buildings, totalling 280,000 sq ft, with retail and leisure accommodation planned for the ground floor. Further outline plans are also to be submitted for provisional permission to include a development of up to 1.1 million sq ft of mixed-use residential and business floorspace.

The planned residential skyscraper would be located between the Leeds-Liverpool canal and Globe Road, and would rise up to around 142 metres. This building would house around 750 residential units and 750,000 sq ft of office space. Provisional plans have already been submitted to the Council in August 2016 and January 2017, and initial reaction was positive, with support for the residential tower, and for the plan as a whole. At the April meeting, a report will recommend that the council refers the application to the chief planning officer for approval, subject to conditions. The report comments that the scheme would provide “substantial social, economic and environmental benefits”, and commends the scheme for retaining the historic elements of Holbeck’s character while opening up new vistas of historic and new buildings in the area.

If approval is granted for the scheme, CEG expects much of the work to be completed by 2020. As a major supplier of building equipment and materials in the area, Mone Bros welcomes this positive news about building works and regeneration in Leeds.

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