Chris Austin

26th July 2019

Planning Application submitted for transformational new Leeds City Centre development

The property companies behind a dynamic residential-led mixed use development on the site of Leeds’ first ever railway station, have now submitted a planning application for the scheme, which has been designed by Brewster Bye Architects.

Rushbond Group, the award-winning Leeds-based real estate investor and developer, has partnered with residential development specialist Gold and Amber, on the development, which will be known as Leeds City Village.

The plans to create a new community at the former Marsh Lane Goods Yard, which sits between Marsh Lane and Shannon Street, on the East Side of Leeds’ City Centre, include over 1,000 new homes, as well as a mix of commercial, leisure and amenity space. Another key feature would be a village green, offering a children’s play area, recreational seating and a drinking fountain. The Leeds office of Lichfields are the Planning Consultants and agent on the application.

Chris Austin, of Leeds based Brewster Bye Architects, said: “We’re delighted to be in a position to submit this planning application which is the latest in a series of transformational developments that we’re working on in this part of the City Centre. As the site of Leeds’ first railway station, Marsh Lane Goods Yard once played a vital role in the City. It now has the opportunity to be a big part of its future, not only creating a landmark scheme in a gateway location, but connecting several important parts of the City.”

Sophie Brown, from Gold & Amber, said: “In addition to creating much needed homes and creative, flexible workspaces on a key site in Leeds City Council’s development plan, a major feature of this scheme is how it will drive further investment in this part of the City and the surrounding area.

“As well as being the place from which a whole new community can grow and thrive, an integral part of Leeds City Village will be the attractive and interesting outdoor spaces and the vibrant village green at its heart. The development will also enhance local links and routes for pedestrians and cyclists between the City Centre and the site’s surrounding communities.”

Mark Finch, from Rushbond, added: “Leeds City Village is a major opportunity to deliver high quality new homes that will appeal to all demographics and meet the needs of an ever-evolving and rapidly growing City. It will also expand the City Centre, drive further regeneration in the area and crucially connect the site’s neighbouring residential communities to both the Kirkgate and Quarry Hill districts, which are both currently benefitting from significant investment across a number of high-profile projects.”

Chris Darley, Senior Director of Lichfields, added: “The scheme is a culmination of an extensive period of pre-application discussions and public consultation and the feedback received to date has been excellent and has helped to shape the scheme.We look forward to continuing those discussions now that a planning application has been submitted.”

Leeds City Village will also complement Rushbond’s investments and projects in the Kirkgate District, including the iconic Corn Exchange and First White Cloth Hall, as well as Gold and Amber’s planned residential developments along the York Road corridor.