Proposals to expand the White Rose Shopping Centre and build a new 12-screen cinema have been given the green light by planning chiefs.
The plan, which also includes extensions to the existing Primark store and Debenhams store, new restaurants and anew car park for employees, are expected to create around 1,000 new jobs and 195 construction jobs.
The planning application presented to the City Plans Panel yesterday includes an employment plan, which focuses of recruiting staff from nearby areas of high unemployment. The employment offer is reinforced by proposals to extend bus services.
Coun Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services, said: “I welcomed this scheme taking shape and the significant benefits it will bring, particularly much-needed job opportunities in construction and retails and improved transport links. “This is good news for the whole city but particularly for residents in the south Leeds area.”
Members of the panel approved the expansion of the site, subject to negotiations with the developer to ensure there is sufficient financing for any further traffic improvements.