Choo choo hoo-ha: HS2’s unconfirmed plans are blocking the enhancement of Leeds


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HS2 PROPOSALS: The high speed train route may mean that new buildings in Leeds will be prevented from being built

HS2 PROPOSALS: The high speed train route may mean that new buildings in Leeds will be prevented from being built

The proposed HS2 high speed train route could prevent a planned new office block development in the heart of Leeds’s so-called ‘South Bank’ going ahead, a panel of senior councillors were told on 9th June.

Developer Canada Life Ltd has put forward preview plans for a seven-storey office building in Meadow Lane, opposite the Crown Point Retail Park, close to the former Tetley Brewery site.

The council report goes on to say that the Meadow Lane site is “situated in a space that’s set to see appreciable change because of the provision of HS2 and the regeneration of the 22 acre former Tetley Brewery site.”

It would be the fourth major office building at the Leeds City Office Park.

However, it also sits on the route of the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) rail proposal as it would arrive into the reconfigured Leeds Station.

A report being presented to a Leeds City Council plans panel says: “The applicant’s agent has made clear that if the route of HS2 is confirmed then the development proposal will not proceed.”

Leeds Council Officers have now asked the Government’s HS2 Ltd arm for guidance and ‘safeguarding directions; on pending planning proposals.

Their report says: “At the present time, these directions only extend as far as Crewe.”

The deliberate remodelling will contain new platforms over the river and the transformation of the South Financial institution of the station. It’s all a part of the proposed second part of HS2 because it extends north of Birmingham to Yorkshire and Manchester.

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