Tesco has submitted its planning application to regenerate the important central site along Kirkstall Lane in Kirkstall. The proposals include new shops and a community facility set within a public square, a Tesco Extra store employing over 400 people, a new Leeds Postal Workers Sports Association club, and attractively landscaped green space along the A65.
The application follows six months of consultation, including a regular steering group attended by local residents, community groups, ward members, and businesses. The mostly derelict site was once home to businesses including Thomas Wade printers, Kirkstall Lights pub, the Liberal social club and a now-demolished vacuum forming building.
Deborah Hayeems, Tesco Corporate Affairs Manager, said: “We are pleased to be submitting a planning application that we believe would bring major benefits to the area, not least finally regenerating a mostly derelict site in the heart of Kirkstall.
“Recognising just what an important and challenging site this is, we wanted to involve the local community as much as we could in the development of our plans. Over the last six months we have seen our proposals improve significantly, with our project team able to make changes to the overall layout of the development, planned road investment, pedestrian routes and more.
“We will continue to work with the council and local community over the coming months as we work towards what we hope will be a positive decision in the New Year.”