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A 31-Storey Tower Could Be Built On Former British Gas Site

More flats could be built in the city centre if the new development goes ahead!

According to Insider Media a 31-storey tower could be built as part of a development of more than 675 flats on the site of former British Gas offices in Leeds city centre if newly submitted plans get the green light.

Deloitte Real Estate, on behalf of Ease Treasure Holdings, has lodged an application with Leeds City Council for a brownfield site bounded by Bridge Street, Gower Street, New Road and Regent Street.

The site was occupied by British Gas office until 2005 and the majority of the buildings were demolished in 2016. A ten-storey office building on the site has been retained and planning permission was granted in 2016 to convert this into a 182-bedroom hotel.

Planning permission is now sought for the construction of five new residential buildings on the remainder of the site, ranging in height from 13 to 31 storeys. The buildings would comprise 678 residential units, 15 incubator units totalling 12,200 sq ft of space and 14,000 sq ft of commercial space. A total of 288 car and 282 bicycle parking spaces would also be provided.

A planning statement prepared as part of the application said the proposed development would be a “positive contributor to Leeds’ ongoing regeneration”. It added: “The residential offering will feature a mix of apartments with generous floorspace and will contribute towards the identified need for residential accommodation within Leeds and the wider region. The ground floor commercial units will provide for the local community and present an active frontage that will promote increased levels of natural surveillance.”

Plans were previously approved in 2011 for four buildings of between 23 and 40 storeys comprising 636 residential units, 99 serviced apartments, a hotel, retail and healthy living facilities. Ease Treasure Holdings was incorporated by Heeton Holdings, a property investment and development business listed on the Singapore Exchange. SimpsonHaugh and Partners is the architect on the scheme.

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