New Thorpe Park plans recommended for approval
Proposals for new office, retail and leisure developments at Thorpe Park in Leeds plus the creation of a new link road and green space are to be recommended for approval this week.
Councillors will discuss the proposed applications which could create up to 13,000 jobs as part of the wider East Leeds Extension at a meeting of the city plans panel at Civic Hall at 1:30pm on Thursday 19 September.
Under the plans, a range of new uses are proposed at Thorpe Park including more office space, shops, restaurants, hotels and a fitness/gym outlet. These would create an estimated 3,000 job opportunities during the construction phase and an additional 10,000 when complete.
The proposals form part of the broader East Leeds Extension plans which could see up to 6,000 new houses built in the surrounding area of the city. In order to both remove current traffic congestion in Cross Gates and provide for additional traffic as part of the Thorpe Park development and the expected new housing, a new Manston Lane Link Road would be built connecting the East Leeds Extension area with Junction 46 of the M1 motorway.
Along with the new developments at Thorpe Park, the proposal would also see the area immediately to its west become a 47-hectare public ‘Green Park’, featuring playing pitches, changing rooms and a nature area.
All of the new developments, including the costs of the link road plus a regular bus service and the creation of the ‘Green Park’ will be funded by the applicants as part of the proposals.
Leeds City Council executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services Councillor Peter Gruen said:
“The proposed new developments at Thorpe Park and the East Leeds Extension represent an opportunity for a massive boost to the Leeds and wider Leeds City Region economy and the creation of thousands of new jobs. It will also deliver the new Manston Lane Link Road and open up new housing land for development in east Leeds.
“We have worked with the applicant to ensure a number of issues have been addressed and they are committed to ensuring the supporting infrastructure will be in place to ensure these new developments can be accommodated effectively.
“Should the applications be approved we will continue to work with the developers to ensure any problems are resolved so that the area and wider city can benefit fully from this development.”
As part of the recommendation to approve the applications by the council’s planning officers, consideration has been given on ways to minimise the impact on the surrounding area as well as on local shopping centres and the city centre.
Public consultation on the Thorpe Park proposals was carried out in summer 2012 with over 800 people attending events and 37,000 leaflets posted to local residents and businesses. Of the responses received, 72 per cent were either fully or broadly supportive of the proposals.
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