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Leeds spat over CZWG project

A national regeneration body has cut off its financial support for a local heritage authority in light of the latter's objections to a major scheme by CZWG and Carey Jones.

ISIS Waterside Regeneration has cancelled its 'gold corporate membership' of the Leeds Civic Trust in light of an ongoing spat over a 1ha development currently in for planning.

The trust has objected strongly in writing to Leeds City Council about the scale, massing and siting of ISIS' proposed Granary Wharf project, at Leeds Canal Basin.

Dr Kevin Grady, director of the Leeds Civic Trust, said: 'It's probably the last remaining big open space on the canalside. When the [urban design] expert Fred Koetter came over to look at Leeds, he said the canal basin was one of the most fantastic elements of Leeds City Centre.'

In light of the trust's objections to the council, voiced at the end of May, ISIS has decided to give up its corporate membership to the trust, which includes paying it an undisclosed lump sum every year.

Alastair Dickens, ISIS director, denied that petty arguments had got in the way of any ongoing dialogue between the two parties. He said: 'Before we made our planning application [in April] we had a conversation with a number of different stakeholders. We need to do things in a professional and forward thinking way.

'We didn't want people to read about our conversations with the Trust in the press and then assume, if and when we get planning, that our success was down to our membership of their organisation.'

ISIS proposes three buildings providing 213 apartments in two blocks, with the final building accommodating 10,000m 2of offices.

The developer claims that existing retail and leisure units in the area would be retained and complemented in the scheme by a further 3,000m 2of retail and leisure uses across the ground floor of the three new buildings.

Dickens hopes that a planning decision will be made by the end of the year.

by Rob Sharp

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