Leeds

Leeds City Centre

Core City: One of the UK’s leading financial and commercial centres and a focus for regeneration.

Location

The Leeds City Centre SPA is broadly based on the City Centre boundary identified in the Council’s Core Strategy and represents the focus for major employment and job growth, established and developing residential population, a hub for major transport infrastructure, retail development and a range of commercial activity and the location for major cultural facilities.

Context

Leeds is the region's major financial and commercial centre and it's the shop window for the city and wider region. The 400 hectare city centre SPA has developed substantially over the last decade, but vacant or underused land remains.

The South Bank is a major focus for regeneration activity, with former industrial areas repurposed for high-quality mixed residential and employment uses, along with public spaces and green infrastructure (including the new Aire Park).

New phases of regeneration will focus on further place-making, investment and renewal in city centre-edge locations at Mabgate, Kirkstall Riverside and Hunslet Riverside, to realise opportunities for urban renewal and to progress inclusive growth that will better connect inner-city communities to social and economic opportunities. The city’s Innovation Arc will leverage its world-class centres of medical and research excellence to drive new economic growth.

Major Development and Investment

  • Temple - a mixed-use development creating a new district within the city centre encompassing69 acre sites around Water Lane and Globe Road
  • The historic Grade 1 listed Temple Mill, acquired in early 2018, is proposed as the British Library of the North.
  • Tower Works - two new residential buildings providing one, two and three-bedroom apartments to rent as well as office space.
  • The £800m Climate Innovation District utilising the latest technology to deliver low-carbon homes alongside manufacturing, leisure destinations and offices and a potential new school.
  • Aire Park is a mixed-use district in the heart of Leeds, transforming this former industrial site into an exciting new part of Leeds City Centre

Opportunities

The Innovation Arc is a series of innovation neighbourhoods, formed around the natural anchors of our main universities, the proposed adult and children’s hospitals, and major private sector partners. Set across 15 hectares, there will be over 3000 new homes in and around the Arc and the potential for up to 220,000m2 of public realm improvements as well as space for two new city parks creating 4 hectares of new, meaningful green space.

Linking the Universities, Cultural Institutions, and the hospital to the proposed British Library at Temple Works on the South Bank, the Innovation Arc is a major investment opportunity with the potential to provide a National Destination for Innovation.

Key Strengths:

  • 49,000 people work here
  • £2.8 billion committed in development since 2017
  • 13,000 people living here
  • Over 60,000 Higher Education Students
  • Significant Heritage and Cultural Assets
  • Planned Infrastructure Investment – Bus and Mass Transit

 

Opportunities

Investment in new and re-purposed buildings:

  • EC Stoner Building
  • The Gilbert Scott Building
  • LGI Surplus Estate
  • New development on Wellington Place and the South Bank
Leeds City Centre Innovation Arc

Location

One of the UK’s leading financial and commercial centres and a focus for regeneration.

Leeds Innovation Arc is a 132 hectare space within the SPA of Leeds City Centre, forming one of many regeneration opportunity areas in the city’s centre.

The Innovation Arc is a series of innovation neighbourhoods, formed around the natural anchors of our main universities, the proposed adult and children’s hospitals, and major private sector partners.

There will be over 3,000 new homes in and around the Arc and the potential for up to 220,000m² of public realm improvements, as well as space for two new city parks – creating four hectares of new, meaningful green space.

Context

Linking the universities, cultural institutions and the hospital to the proposed British Library at Temple Works on the South Bank, the Innovation Arc is a major investment opportunity with the potential to provide a national destination for innovation.

Key Strengths

  • 49,000 people work here
  • £2.8 billion invested or committed in development since 2017
  • 13,000 people living here
  • Over 60,000 Higher Education Students
  • Significant Heritage and Cultural Assets
  • Planned Infrastructure Investment – Bus and Mass Transit

Opportunity

Investment in new and re-purposed buildings:

  • Leeds Innovation Village (Leeds General Infirmary)
  • New developments on Wellington Place and the South Bank – providing opportunities for innovation businesses
  • Major infrastructure investment
  • Heritage regeneration, supporting innovation uses
North West Leeds Employment Hub

Investment Location: One of the largest strategic employment sites available for investment in Leeds, with potential for at least 700,000 sq. ft. of new floorspace.

Location

The North West Leeds Employment Hub (NWLEH) is located adjacent to Leeds Bradford Airport.

Situated to the north of Whitehouse Lane, the site comprises 33 hectares of agricultural land.

NWLEH will benefit from local infrastructure investment, with integrated road and rail transport that efficiently connects people to jobs and businesses to markets.

Context

The Leeds Local Plan allocated the NWLEH for general employment use and is a key priority in the city’s Inclusive Growth Strategy.

It presents a unique opportunity to deliver significant economic development and high skilled jobs, at scale and pace.

Two very closely related projects will invest in transport infrastructure.

The Parkway Station Gateway project will include a new rail halt on the existing Leeds to Harrogate line, a park and ride car park, a shuttle bus to serve the station and connect to the Hub, and segregated walking and cycling facilities from the station to Scotland Lane and adjacent areas.

The NWLEH Connectivity project, currently under design development, will deliver a series of highway improvements including initial direct access infrastructure for the employment site.

Opportunity

The NWLEH site is currently publicly owned and an exercise to select a developer partner is likely to start in the next 12 months.

Work to bring the land forward for employment development is set within the context of the Leeds Inclusive Growth Strategy, to promote sustainable development and boost long-term productivity.

This long-term, large-scale project will play a major role in the City Region. As a key investment and development opportunity, subject to planning approvals, the site could deliver:

  • At least 700,000 sq. ft of new employment floorspace
  • At least 775 net direct jobs
  • Growth of £44m GVA per annum
  • A high-quality and sustainable business environment
White Rose Office Park

Investment Location – Employment: Established employment site with strong transport connections and substantial future investments.

Location

White Rose Office Park SPA is located in South Leeds, adjacent to White Rose Shopping Centre.

The site is strategically positioned just five minutes outside of Leeds’ city centre and provides excellent connections to both the road and rail network.

Context

White Rose Office Park has now established itself as one of Leeds’ foremost office locations. The SPA is home to many global names, including the NHS, Capita and DAZN. Munroe K has a vision to transform White Rose Office Park by focusing on innovation and plans for future expansion.

Opportunity

  • £26.5m investment in a fully accessible new station, connecting White Rose Office Park with Leeds’ city centre and to Manchester and Huddersfield.
  • Opening in 2025, Ingenuity is a 1,575 sq.m. new building that will be home to innovation space and co-working facilities. It will provide an inclusive and accessible space for innovation in South Leeds with a focus on smart cities technologies.
  • 92,000 m2 knowledge and talent-based campus of the future.
Aire Valley

Investment Location – Mixed Uses: Scope for thousands of new homes and employment opportunities on a strategically positioned site.

Location

Located at the geographic heart of Leeds City Region, Aire Valley Leeds is a major regeneration area covering 1,300 hectares of land to the southeast of Leeds City Centre.

It includes both banks of the River Aire, running from the heart of the city centre to the M1 motorway. With over 400 hectares of mostly brownfield land, it has the potential to deliver thousands of new homes and job opportunities.

Context

In 2012, 142 ha of designated employment land within the Aire Valley was granted Enterprise Zone designation. Development activity has been underway across all four sites within the Enterprise Zone:

  • Newmarket Lane (9.2 ha)
  • Thornes Farm (21.08 ha)
  • Logic Leeds (49.1 ha)
  • Gateway 45 (Temple Green; 63.04 ha)

The Enterprise Zone has included the delivery of a new 1,000-space Park and Ride facility at Temple Green in 2017, while a further award-winning 1,200 space Park and Ride was completed at the south of the Aire Valley at Stourton in 2021.

In 2016, Leeds City Council developed the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, providing the heat source for the Leeds Pipes District Heating Network.

In November 2017, Leeds City Council adopted the Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan, which provided the planning framework to guide its regeneration and development, including a new settlement at Skelton Gate at the eastern edge of the Aire Valley. Work has started on the delivery of this 1,800-home development, supported by Homes England, and led by Avant and Evans.

 

Opportunity

  • Large-scale employment sites around Skelton Grange, including the redevelopment of decommissioned power station land
  • Established industrial, commercial and logistics cluster - well connected to the motorway network and close to the city centre

 

East Leeds Extension

Future Growth Location: Substantial expansion of housing and infrastructure to the east of Leeds.

 Location

The 320-hectare East Leeds Extension SPA is a large area of land around the edge of Swarcliffe, Whinmoor and Crossgates, including Redhall, and is permissioned for housing. The area extends through to Thorpe Park to reflect the SPA’s employment growth potential.

Context

East Leeds Extension responds to all three Strategic Objectives  of this SPP. This is a housing growth project that is unlocked by the East Leeds Orbital Route (ELOR), which has been forward funded through Leeds City Council borrowing and the West Yorkshire Transport Fund grant, with costs to be recovered through developer contributions.

This major urban extension will create new sustainable neighbourhoods with community infrastructure and a supply of good quality and affordable homes.

  • ELOR completed and opened in 2022
  • Roof tax model now in place to support the recovery of ELOR costs

Opportunity

The East Leeds Extension SPD provides a vision, broad development guidelines and phasing and delivery for the SPA. The development requires substantial new infrastructure, including a new railway station.

This SPA is well advanced, and the required infrastructure will now be driven through the planning system and limited further public sector involvement is required.

  • Outline planning permission in place for 4,000 homes
  • Enabling planning applications in determination for supporting community infrastructure (schools, health and local amenities)
  • New railway station
Kirkstall Forge

Future Growth Location: A priority regeneration area on the outskirts of Leeds city centre with good transport links and scope to provide high quality, sustainable homes.

Location

This SPA is a 57 acre brownfield site, dissected by the River Aire, 3.5 miles to the west of Leeds City Centre bordered by the A65 to the North and the Leeds to Bradford railway line to the South. Kirkstall Forge Railway Station, which opened in 2016, connects to Leeds City Centre in just six minutes and Bradford in 15 minutes.

With access to the Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath Kirkstall Forge has good pedestrian and cycle connectivity to Leeds City Centre and surrounding areas promoting active travel as part of this sustainable new community.

Context

The site is allocated in the Local Plan and Kirkstall Forge is a priority regeneration area for Leeds and the wider city region. The development will make a significant contribution to the economy, boosting jobs and skills.

Moreover, this is a brownfield development site located in a sustainable position with good transport links and will provide high quality sustainable homes.

Opportunity

Planning approval for a mixed-use development which includes:

  • over 1,000 homes
  • commercial
  • retail
  • leisure