Leeds – the place to be for growth

by Johnny Clayton on Monday, 8 October 2018

Lee Arnell, Principal Regeneration Officer

What do the Pollstar best new concert venue in the world, the MIPIM best new shopping centre (in the world) and the latest Grand Depart of the Tour de France all have in common?

In the last four years, they have all been delivered in Yorkshire. All here, in Leeds.

Indeed, over the last decade Leeds has continued to transform its economy and profile for the benefit of our communities. As a city we have transformed the shopping and leisure offer at Trinity Leeds, Victoria Gate, the First Direct Arena and countless new restaurants adding to the museums and galleries. We have hosted Rugby World Cups, World Triathlon Series and will next year host the World Cycling Championships following the ‘grandest grand depart of them all’.

World leading organisations like Burberry, Sky and Perform Group has relocated to the city. Around 3,000 new homes are being built each year, while protecting the parks and countryside that provide more green space than any other UK city.

Over £5bn of investment has been secured in the last five years. As a city, our aspirations do not stop there.

We have ambitious plans to double the size and economic output of our city centre by regenerating South Bank, Leeds. This regeneration area is one of the largest city centre regeneration opportunities in Europe, with a Grade I listed Egyptian Temple sitting alongside award winning independent businesses and national headquarters. It is equivalent in size to over 350 (Elland Road) football pitches, and home to the busiest transport hub in the North of England, Leeds Station, which will integrate with HS2 services to create a Transport Hub serving over 70 million passengers a year. Through this, we will transform our waterfront and create a new and green city centre park. We have plans to transform Leeds/Bradford Airport and are delivering on our housing growth targets. We are developing an innovation district to the North with our universities, colleges and teaching hospital and are delivering major transformation to our public transport services through the Connecting Leeds proposals. We are on the final shortlist for Channel 4’s new Headquarters and have big plans to deliver change through our Inclusive Growth Strategy to ensure our growth is compassionate and benefits al across 12 ‘big ideas’.

It is a truly exciting time for property professionals in the city.

But this is a challenging agenda, requiring the very best from the thousands of property professionals that live and work in our city. Crucial – imperative – to this growth and upwards trajectory is collaboration and working in new and innovative ways. Across all property disciplines and across the public, private and third sectors, partners are working more closely than ever before to deliver inclusive growth for the city. Whether through new ways of working through the Planning system, better and open conversations, new ways of delivering development, comprehensive development and infrastructure planning delivery, more than ever the power of collaboration is transform the city.

Here at YEP Leeds, we are delving into this further with a Q&A seminar on Tuesday 23 October. This will provide a thought provoking debate and the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of highly influential individuals from the Leeds property industry. Hosted by Shulmans, with senior Directors and Partners on the panel representing the City Council, Chamber of Commerce, Developers, Urban Design, and Planning consultancies, the event will consider what makes good collaboration; lessons learned from the successes noted above; how we can improve and how we can collectively tackle the challenges ahead. What are your thoughts? Come along to what should be a great debate……

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