Developer HBG Properties was given the initial go ahead for an 'iconic' £160m scheme by Leeds City Council's executive board on Wednesday.
The move will almost certainly kill off plans to build the high-profile Kite skyscraper ( pictured) on the contentious plot at the gateway to the city.
Backed by rival developers Urban Catalyst, the 91m-high Kite tower was also designed by Carey Jones and MAKE. The AJ has learned there may now be plans to take the proposals elsewhere (AJ 12/4/05).
It is understood the recommended scheme, which would result in the demolition of John Poulson's ageing swimming pool built in 1968, will feature one main tower and four smaller office blocks.
There are also plans for a new footbridge to link the city centre development to nearby Kirkstall. Work is expected to start on site in early 2007.