Final plans lodged to transform 24-acre brownfield city site

Vastint UK, the developer behind Aire Park, has submitted its planning application for the final masterplan phase of the 24-acre mixed-use district on Leeds’ South Bank.

Turning the former brownfield site into a new destination, the developer’s plans for the second phase feature 502 homes, including affordable housing, over 20,000 sq ft of flexible, ground floor space for leisure use, including cafes, restaurants and cultural activities, and a 353-space multi-storey car park.

The application also details the final hectare of the development’s park set to become the largest new city centre green park in the country.

Designed by landscape architects Planit, the whole park will introduce 700 trees, dedicated areas for residents as well as public exercise routes and flexible spaces for outdoor events.

Situated south of Crown Point Road and bordered by Black Bull Street and the A61, phase two of the masterplan strategically connects the South Bank to the city centre and Leeds Dock, creating an accessible and safe route for pedestrians and cyclists.

Alongside the new buildings will be a refurbished and revitalised Crown Pub and Hotel, which was originally built in the late 19th century and was closed in the late 20th century.

The venue, now owned by Vastint UK, was granted planning permission for a change of use and extension to create new commercial space in 2019, which will open out onto the second phase of the park.

This application comes after the developer recently submitted its proposals for the Tetley building, which will see the refurbishment and extension of the 92-year-old art deco property, opening up of new areas of the building to the public for the first time and the creation of retail, leisure and event spaces.

Simon Schofield, head of development North at Vastint UK, said: “As work continues on the first phase of this landmark development and we prepare for the completion of 1 & 3 South Brook Street and open of the first pieces of public realm, Tetley Triangle, Tetley Green and Theatre Gardens, we’re pleased to be moving forward with our vision and plan for this second and final phase of Aire Park.

“The plans in their entirety aim to breathe new life into the Leeds South Bank and create new opportunities for people to live, work and enjoy this part of the city.

“Throughout the delivery of Aire Park, we are focusing on cultivating an accessible and welcoming environment.”

Michael Westlake, director at Supervene Architects, said: “Aire Park supports the South Bank vision for Leeds, providing new connections to improve the quality of access through the city centre and the communities to the south.

“Aire Park is in the process of transforming this former industrial site into an exciting new part of Leeds city centre.

“The conceptual masterplan was designed as a balanced neighbourhood with an expansive city park at its centre that makes new connections across the site whilst embedding itself in the city’s heritage.”

Independent advisors, Turley provided planning, strategic communications, EIA and townscape and landscape services.

Director Taylor Cherrett added: “We are proud to support Vastint UK in bringing their vision for Aire Park to life, reflecting Leeds’ strategic goals and community aspirations, alongside ensuring the development is truly a part of the fabric of the city.

“This development is set to transform Leeds’ South Bank, creating vibrant new spaces for living, working and leisure, while enhancing the city’s green infrastructure to deliver a thriving neighbourhood.”

Once complete, Aire Park will include 1,400 homes, and over one million sq ft of office, retail, leisure and commercial space.

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