Plans to develop gateway site in Holbeck

Councillors will be discussing early plans for the redevelopment of another key site in Holbeck at City Plans Panel next week.

Developers are bringing forward plans for the site, dubbed ‘City One’, that includes the Halford store on the corner of Meadow Road and Sweet Street. The rest of the site, bounded by Jack Lane and Bowling Green Terrace is currently empty with part of it used as a car park.

The plans, which are still at the pre-application stage, include up to 2,200 residential apartments, 70,000 m2 office space and a 450 bedroom hotel; arranged in 10 or 11 blocks.

Office accommodation would front Meadow Road in three blocks of up to ten storeys. The building line would be moved back to accommodate a wider footpath and cycleway. The office entrances would be from a ‘green street’ running north-south within the development but there is scope for ground floor commercial uses facing Meadow Road.

The site is constrained by an electricity sub station which may or may not be relocated. There is also a high pressure gas main running alongside Sweet Street. For this reason the building line on Sweet Street will be 24m from the roadway allowing for a linear green space.

Residential blocks to the north and west of the site would range from 5-9 storeys rising to a tower of up to 42 storeys on Sweet Street. A multi storey car park and hotel would front onto Jack Lane. 

The site has seen similar mixed use development plans come forward in the past. Outline planning permission was granted in 2004 and 2006 and South Leeds Life reported on the plan that was discussed by Councillors in 2012.

The site is close to the former Kays site further along Sweet Street, which Platform_ aims to redevelop. The two sites, which would both feature high rise office and residential blocks, are separated by mostly low rise light industrial units.

The City Plans Panel meets on Thursday 24 February 2022 at 1:30pm. You can read the full report from planning officers here.