Ambitious redevelopment proposals for the southern edge of Leeds city centre have taken a significant step forward.
Yorkshire entrepreneur Jan Fletcher's Montpellier Estates company today announced the submission of an outline planning application for a two million sq ft mixed use scheme in Holbeck.The City One development would bring a hotel, casino, office space and residential and retail units to a 10-acre site bounded by Sweet Street, Meadow Road, Jack Lane and Bowling Green Terrace.
And Ms Fletcher believes the scheme would boost ongoing council-led regeneration work by linking inner-city communities in Holbeck and Beeston to the prosperous heart of Yorkshire's unofficial capital.
She said: "City One is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious city centre development sites in the north of England.
"Its strength lies in its location, just off the motorways and walking distance from Leeds City Station.
"Our vision is to create a spectacular entrance and skyline from the city's southern gateway."
Ms Fletcher's proposals show some changes from City One's original blueprint, which was granted outline planning permission in 2006.
Although the scheme now involves 25 per cent more land, its conference centre and Las Vegas-style 'supercasino' have fallen by the wayside.
The casino now being proposed could be around three times smaller than the gaming complex that was initially on the drawing board.
Ms Fletcher also wanted part of the City One site to be the home of the new 12,500-seater Leeds concert arena.
That dream was dashed, though, when council bosses decided the arena should be built at Clay Pit Lane, on the northern outskirts of the city centre.
The freshly-submitted planning application follows last September's expiry of the original outline approval for City One.
Most of the land earmarked for the development is currently occupied by car parks and old warehouses.
Source : www.Yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk