A formal decision was reached by councillors at Civic Hall yesterday, granting retail developer Hammerson the approval they needed to begin preparations for the construction of 37,000m2 of retail space, due to begin in spring 2014.
Hammerson project director for Victoria Gate, Joe Swindells, said, “The positive decision from Leeds City Council’s plans panel is a major next step towards getting construction underway in the spring. We are fully committed to creating a retail development that will not only reaffirm Leeds’ status as a top UK retail destination for luxury and aspirational brands, but will also add value to the city’s local economy and community.”
Phase one of the Victoria Gate development will create nearly 3,000 temporary jobs. When it opens in autumn 2016, the development will generate 1,500 retail and hospitality jobs.
The development will be the home of over 30 retailers, although a 24,000m2 flagship John Lewis store will take the lion’s share of the space.
Council executive member for the economy and development, Councillor Richard Lewis, said, “Victoria Gate is going to provide a huge boost to the Leeds and wider city region economies. The scheme will help regenerate that area of the city centre and will complement the well-established Victoria Quarter and the brand new Trinity Leeds to further enhance Leeds’ exceptional retail offer.”
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