Plans submitted for redevelopment of Leeds shopping centre

18th September 2023 | Jack Oliver

Plans for the redevelopment of The Core Shopping Centre in Leeds into a mixed-use development have been submitted to councillors.

The proposals would see the scheme – formerly known as the Headrow Shopping Centre – demolished to make way for 36,500 sq ft of commercial space along with community facilities and student accommodation.

Under the plans for the, submitted by AFAS The Core and Fusion Global Management, three new buildings would be constructed, with the tallest being nine storeys tall.

Shops, cafés, restaurants and bars would occupy the commercial space at the development, which would be called the Garnet Exchange.

The shopping centre, which sits at the site of the former Schofields Department Store, is currently home to a number of vacant units with some tenants already expressing their intention to leave at the end of their leases.

A planning statement said: “Despite the loss of retail floor space resulting from the proposed development, this will be appropriately mitigated through the introduction of new streets and thus an increase in active frontages and improved public realm”.

Pre-application proposals were originally submitted to Leeds City Council in May this year, with members broadly supportive. However some concerns were raised over the approach to servicing the development.


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