Planning consent granted for first phase of former Brewery Site in Leeds, Aire Park

Today was significant step in the realisation of the ‘South Bank Regeneration Framework’ (2018) with planning permission granted for the first phase of the development of the former Tetley Brewery site in Leeds.

The team at Vastint UK have been working on the plans since 2016, working closely with the Leeds planning department and consulting with key stakeholders including local residents and businesses to shape the proposal that has now been approved. Councillor James McKenna, chairman of the panel, told the meeting the application was one of “the most exciting I can remember”. He said: “It is a very, very big application. It is going to bring credit to the city and put us on the map.”

At the heart of the proposal sits a 3.5 ha new city park that will open up the South Bank and provide key routes through the city from north to south and east to west. This first phase will deliver over 2 ha of the park, surrounded by up to 850 homes, 85,000m2 employment space and a further 15,000m2 of active uses including retail, cultural, educational, leisure and health.

The former Tetley Brewery site will welcome visitors on a daily basis to enjoy the space creating a buzzing hub of creativity and life.

Andrew Cobden, Vastint UK Services’ Managing Director said: “Today we have received the mandate to start work on the first 6.6 hectares, and we now look forward to working up the detailed designs of the buildings and the park, key elements of this exciting new Leeds neighbourhood.”

“The shared vision for the South Bank is to transform a former industrial site into an exciting new part of Leeds city centre. Our 8.5-hectare holding sits at the heart of the South Bank regeneration area, and we are committed to working in partnership with the city council and other partners to deliver a much-needed city park for everyone.”

The team will now bring forward an outline planning application for the land south of the Crown Point Road later in 2019. This will include an extension of the proposed park, along with further offices and homes and a new pub.