The site sits close to the Victoria Leeds shopping centre. Credit: LCC

Views sought on Kirkgate hotel

Leeds City Council has opened a consultation on its plans to develop a 143-room hotel on George Street.

The scheme was revealed earlier this month as an update of a Town Centre Securities scheme consented in 2018, which was for a 126-unit aparthotel with ground floor commercial uses.

LCC’s city plans panel considered the refreshed plans at its meeting on 22 June, triggering a public consultation ahead of a formal planning application.

The key elements of the project are for the demolition of one- and two-storey retail units, all of which are now vacant, on George Street and their replacement with a more fitting link between the Kirkgate Markets, where the council has invested heavily in recent years, and the Victoria Gate retail pitch.

There would be a glazed link through the new building into the market area.

Cllr Jonathan Pryor, Leeds’ executive member for economy, culture and education, said: “Leeds Kirkgate Market is a much-loved landmark for the people of our city, and we’re determined to give it a future that is every bit as bright as its past.

“This exciting project would help us do exactly that, not only by creating a new gateway to the market from George Street but also by improving the attractiveness and vibrancy of the area as a whole.

“We would encourage as many people as possible to get involved with the consultation and play their part in making the scheme a success.”

The scheme would be developed by the council, with the hotel element being run by a nationally-recognised operator. The on-site gym would also be run by the council.

Consultation on the proposal is now open and will run until 7 July.


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