Green light for Sovereign Street green space

Plans to create a new public green space in Leeds city centre at Sovereign Street have today been approved.

Leeds City Council’s city plans panel gave the green light to the project to provide a new, contemporary landscaped area on land currently housing a temporary car park.

They also agreed proposals for a neighbouring new four-storey office development with basement parking and landscaping for global consultancy firm KPMG on the Sovereign Street site.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for development and the economy, said:

“It’s excellent news that the plans panel has given its seal of approval to the council’s ambitious plans for the Sovereign Street green space.

“This eye-catching, modern park space will be a lovely place for people to relax and enjoy some time away from the city centre bustle. It is also a real focal point for the area, re-introducing the site to full permanent use and encouraging investors such as KPMG to locate there.

“We are opening it up to be a fantastic green space for the public and business community and boosting investment in the process.”

Notes to editors:

The Leeds City Council-owned Sovereign Street site has housed a temporary pay and display car park since plans were scrapped for the Criterion Place development.

Part of the site will be home to the new Leeds headquarters of KPMG- the first major office development in the city centre for over five years.

The new public area fits the council’s ambition to extend the city centre southwards and address its shortage of quality green space. It is also intended to be the forerunner of the City Centre Park south of the River Aire and should help reinvigorate the city’s development market. The new £2.5 million green space will be a catalyst for further development of the area and a full design and cost report will be brought back to the council’s executive board early next year.

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Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office, 0113- 224 3335

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