Buslingthorpe Mills, Leeds

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Buslingthorpe Mills, Leeds

A team led by PBA has secured planning permission for the redevelopment of the Buslingthorpe Mills site near Leeds.

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 ft² of new retail floorspace, including a foodstore and a range of non-food retail units, together with up to 300 m² of floorspace for a hot food takeaway. In addition, there will also be ten industrial units amounting to a total of 24,000 ft² and a separate 1,500 ft² café fronting the site.

Dan Wheelwright, Principal Planner with PBA commented:

“The redevelopment will provide much needed regeneration of this 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 is 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 has paid off, as reflected by the grant of planning permission.”