Support given to a plan that will bring local jobs

COMING SOON An artist's impression of the cinema and restaurants proposed for the White Rose Centre.

COMING SOON An artist's impression of the cinema and restaurants proposed for the White Rose Centre.

Plans to build a 12-screen cinema and provide hundreds of jobs at the White Rose Shopping Centre will be considered tomorrow (Thursday).

The application for an extension at the centre also includes four new restaurants, an extension of the existing Primark and Debenhams stores, and the creation of a new car park for employees.

It will go before the city plans panel of Leeds City Council with a recommendation for approval from planning officers.

Gerald Jennings, portfolio director for Land Securities, which owns and manages the centre, said: “We are pleased that the officers’ report recommends approval and we hope that the plans panel supports their recommendations.

“We have carried out extensive consultation since September 2012 and have been delighted by the overwhelming support that we have received from members of the public, community groups, elected representatives and both the Leeds and Morley chambers of trade and commerce.

“As well as looking forward to the new amenities that would be delivered through the extension of White Rose, the creation of up to 1,000 retail and leisure related jobs and employment for construction workers, has been widely welcomed.”

An indication of the level of support of the plans came in May when a second public exhibition was staged to show revisions made following feedback from the initial phase of consultation.

Of the 1,130 people who visited, almost 90 per cent said that they were in favour of the proposed extension and new car park.

Morley town councillor Robert Finnigan has backed the plans.
He said: “The White Rose Centre has been very good at making sure new jobs go to people living locally and they have said they will focus on offering opportunities to younger people.
“There are also opportunities during the building phase for local builders and apprenticeships.
“The only thing that needs looking at is the highways issue, but I am confident they will come up with a plan to accommodate those concerns.”




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