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ARC-ML's Leeds Tetley Brewery redevelopment clears first planning hurdle

Tetley Brewery redevelopment Leeds South Bank Vastint CGI Courtyard View
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Outline plans for a major redevelopment of the old Tetley Brewery site in Leeds have moved a step closer after clearing an initial planning hurdle

The 6.7ha scheme on the city’s South Bank, by Tunbridge Wells and Berlin based practice ARC-ML,  will deliver 850 homes, 85,000m² of office space and 15,000m² of retail, food and leisure space, with two hotels also mooted. 

Earlier this month the city plans panel unanimously approved the outline masterplan, which will now need the council chief planning officer’s rubberstamp before a full planning application is submitted early next year.

Dutch developer Vastint, formerly part of the Inter IKEA Group of companies, is behind the plans. Its UK arm worked with Leeds City Council on the proposals after acquiring the land for development in 2015. 

ARC-ML has been working on the development for around two years. However it is understood other architects may be needed for individual elements of the project as it progresses. 

In its consideration of the plans, the council said the scheme was a ‘significant regeneration opportunity’ that would create ‘a large number of new homes, jobs and opportunities for investment’.

Vastint, which is also working on mixed-use schemes in Stratford in east London and Cardiff, is now working to finalise details for final planning sign-off.

The Tetley Brewery development is part of a larger 20-year redevelopment of the Leeds South Bank area being pushed forward by the council.

Vastint also owns a 2 ha site just south of the Tetley Brewery, with plans to produce design proposals for the area in early 2018.

Vastint UK managing director Andrew Cobden said: “We’re delighted to have worked so closely with the city council to crystallise our combined vision for the site and are keen to be able to press on with the next phase of design work.”

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