Leeds White Rose Shopping Centre Expansion Approved
December 19, 2013 |
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Despite objections from Westfield, the developers of the nearby – and still unfinished – Bradford shopping centre, Leeds City Council has decided to go forward with a scheme to extend the White Rose shopping mall in Beeston, south Leeds. The plan also includes the building of a new 12-screen cinema with a combined capacity of 1,920 seats.
LCC say the scheme will create 195 construction jobs and around 1,000 new retail jobs, providing much needed job opportunities specifically for high unemployment areas such as Middleton and Belle Isle.
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said, “I welcome this scheme taking shape and the significant benefits it will bring, particularly much-needed job opportunities in construction and retail and improved transport links. This is good news for the whole city but particularly for residents in the south Leeds area.”
The plans will also extend existing Primark and Debenhams stores, as well as bringing in new restaurants and a new car park for employees. Westfield believe the scheme will be detrimental to their much delayed plans in Bradford, but they say they remain fully committed.