Plans lodged for £280m city centre mixed use development

Glenbrook and property investor and car parking operator, Town Centre Securities have submitted detailed planning applications as part of a joint venture for the £280m masterplan for Whitehall Riverside in Leeds.

The proposal by Glenbrook includes 500 build to rent apartments across two blocks of 15 and 18 storeys with commercial space at ground floor.

The Sheppard Robson designed scheme includes residents’ amenities set across the ground and first floor with terrace gardens overlooking the River Aire.

Danny Roberts, senior development manager at Glenbrook, said: “Whitehall Riverside represents one of the best residential development opportunities in Leeds city centre.

“We have a strong track record of successfully delivering high quality and sustainable new homes and have worked closely with TCS to bring this site forward to planning stage.

“The residential building is a key component of the wider masterplan and will have a transformative impact on this significant stretch of riverside.”

The wider masterplan by Enjoy Design which is being brought forward by TCS includes detailed proposals for a smart enabled and energy efficient office building of 118,165 sq ft, and a multi-storey car park and travel hub for CitiPark.

This will deliver one of the largest EV charging sites in the north of the UK using renewable and sustainable electricity.

A further two buildings are proposed as future phases, which include an aparthotel and additional office accommodation.

Also, a landscaping and public realm proposal designed by re-form will deliver a new riverside park and enhance the biodiversity of the riverside environment.

Craig Burrow, development director at TCS, said: “The new Whitehall Riverside masterplan has been designed for the demand of today but with flexibility in mind to adapt to the changing requirements of workspace, residential, electric vehicles and the visitor economy.

“It will further enhance previously delivered phases and create a truly mixed use scheme and neighbourhood for generations to live, work and play.

“With connectivity and sustainability at the forefront of the design, the next phase will activate the unique stretch of riverside frontage with high quality landscaping and public realm throughout.”

The application comes after TCS sold a Premier Inn hotel in Leeds to Mayfair Capital’s Property Income Trust for Charities (PITCH) in a £16m off market deal. At the time the deal was described as a “strategic disposal” and that would enable the Leeds-based company to progress the next phase of development at Whitehall Riverside.