Sheppard Robson gets green light for former Yorkshire Post site

17th February 2015

Sheppard Robson has received outline planning permission from Leeds City Council for a major mixed use scheme on the former Yorkshire Post site, a key gateway into Leeds city centre. The scheme includes approval for 50,000 sq m of offices, 200 homes and a range of other uses including bars, restaurants and leisure facilities.

For client YP Real Estates Ltd, the new scheme opens up a previously inaccessible stretch of the city’s waterfront, with proposals incorporating an extensive area (circa 40 per cent of the site) of new public realm and open space that takes advantage of the riverside setting and provides public areas between the new buildings.

Tony O’Brien, Partner at Sheppard Robson, said: “We have worked very closely with Leeds City Council in bringing forward this exciting opportunity, and are delighted with the news. We are now looking forward to continuing to work with YP Real Estates Ltd in realising the next phase of the former Yorkshire Post site; creating a vibrant piece of public realm, integrated with an exciting mixed use scheme”

Phil Crabtree, Leeds City Council’s chief planning officer, said the scheme was in a prominent location and would "act as a gateway to the city centre".

Director Tim Waring, of planning consultants Quod, said: "The council's support for this scheme will spark the early regeneration of this high profile site, bringing about a huge transformation to this part of the city.

The site was the location of the world’s first wool mill, prior to being replaced by the Yorkshire Post Print and Office Buildings in 1970. The buildings were demolished last year following the relocation of the Yorkshire Post, opening up the site for redevelopment for the first time in over 40 years.