Leeds aparthotel plans recommended for approval

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UK: A planning application for an aparthotel and commercial units in Leeds has been recommended for approval.

The proposed development, next to the historic Kirkgate Market, will go before councillors on September 13.

Town Centre Securities (TCS), Leeds City Council's development partner on the project, submitted a full application for development at 4-32 George Street in June.

Planning consent is sought for a new six-storey building featuring a 126-room aparthotel with a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom units.

New commercial space would be developed on the ground floor, divided into nine retail units, as well as new direct access from George Street into the market. It is estimated that the development could create about 50 new full- and part-time jobs, as well as approximately 80 jobs during construction.

A report prepared in advance of the planning committee meeting recommends that members grant planning permission and listed building consent, subject to conditions. It said: "George Street has seen significant changes in the last couple of years since the completion of Victoria Gate. The northern side is populated with some of the best modern architectural expressions in the city and the southern side now represents an opportunity to finish the street with a building which is also of high quality. The uses proposed will assist in bringing life and vibrancy to this part of the city centre, which would also benefit Kirkgate Market."

A public consultation on the new scheme was held earlier this year. TCS also made a pre-application presentation to Leeds City Council's city plans panel in October 2017.

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