10 March 2017
LEEDS – Plans submitted by PBA to redevelop the Buslingthorpe Mills site near Leeds have been unanimously approved by Leeds City Council.
A fire severely damaged the historic 19th century tannery mill complex in 2011, leading to its substantial demolition. Now however, this derelict site is set to receive a new lease of life creating up to 122 net additional jobs and generating a multi-million pound boost to the local economy.
The mixed-use scheme comprises a total of 32,000 sq ft of new retail floorspace, including a foodstore and a range of non-food retail units, together with up to 300 sq.m of floorspace for a hot food takeaway. In addition, there will also be ten industrial units amounting to a total of 24,000 sq ft and a separate 1,500 sq ft café fronting the site.
Dan Wheelwright, Principal Planner with PBA commented:
“The redevelopment will provide much needed regeneration of an area of the city which has lain vacant for many years. The site has multiple constraints including severe gradients, contamination, archaeology, ecology, utilities, culverts and, flood risk. This was compounded by the fact that the site sits within a conservation area despite now being derelict. These various issues needed to be overcome with persistent and careful justification. I’m glad to say that this hard work paid off, as reflected by the unanimous decision of the planning committee.”