In a report on the pre-application stage of developer Vastint’s proposal for a mixed-use development on the city centre site, Leeds City Council’s planners said that the scheme would improve linkages within the city and help deliver a new city centre park in the city’s South Bank area - a key aspiration for the council.
Vastint is proposing to build around 1,000 homes on the 6.69-hectare site, alongside a variety of employment units - including some for the creative industries - a hotel, shopping and leisure facilities.
Tetley closed its operations at the brewery in 2011. The proposal would be the first phase of its regeneration, and would involve the demolition of most of the buildings.
The design for phase one includes 13 blocks ranging in height from two to 30 storeys, with the tallest building located in the centre of the site.
The proposed new housing would be designed so as to allow residents to expand and contract the number of rooms in their homes without moving. "This is considered to be an interesting concept that could help make the city centre a place for families of all ages to move to and stay throughout their lives," the planning officer’s report said.
Overall, the planners judged that the emerging scheme "has great potential to contribute to new homes and jobs" in the area.
"Subject to demonstrating that any proposed A1 convenience or comparison retail will not undermine nearby centres, the proposed mix of uses is considered acceptable," the report said.
The scheme would also help improve connectivity between the north and south of the city centre, a key aim of council planning policy, the report added, and will incorporate land to form part of a new city centre park.
"Vastint’s strategy positively takes account of the council’s place-making aspirations," the report said.
The developer said that it hopes to submit an outline planning application in early 2017.