Proposals to expand the White Rose Shopping Centre in South Leeds and build a new 12-screen cinema have been given the green light by planning chiefs today.
As previously reported on South Leeds Life, the plans, which also include extensions to the existing Primark store and Debenhams store, new restaurants and a new car park for employees, are expected to create around 1,000 new jobs and 195 construction jobs.
The planning application presented to the City Plans Panel today (12 December 2013) includes an employment plan which focuses on recruiting staff from nearby areas of high unemployment such as Middleton, Belle Isle, Beeston and Holbeck. The employment offer is reinforced by proposals to extend bus services to these areas.
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:
“I welcome this scheme taking shape and the significant benefits it will bring, particularly much-needed job opportunities in construction and retail and improved transport links. This is good news for the whole city but particularly for residents in the south Leeds area.”
Commenting on Twitter, Councillor Kim Groves, Chair of the Inner South Jobs & Skills Board said:
“I’m delighted that White Rose Centre expansion moved forward today. South Leeds needs job opportunities for local people and a cinema in our area.”
Members of the City Plans Panel approved the expansion of the site, subject to negotiations with the developer to ensure there is sufficient financing for any further traffic improvements.
As is usual with this type of application, the plans will also be referred to the Secretary of State to see if he wants to intervene in the process.