Hammerson submits detailed planning application for Victoria Gate

Hammerson, the retail developer behind the Victoria Gate scheme in Leeds, has submitted its detailed planning application to Leeds City Council.

Outline planning consent was achieved in July 2011 and Hammerson has now submitted detailed designs for the three main buildings:

A flagship John Lewis store with a striking textile inspired facade

Victoria Gate arcade, with up to 30 stores, restaurants, cafes and a casino in an elegantly designed twin arcade

A multi-storey car park for up to 800 cars

The application will be determined by Leeds City Council’s Plans Panel in the autumn and subject to positive determination, construction of the £130million development is scheduled to start in spring 2014.

Plans and detailed images were shown to the public at a three-day exhibition in April this year. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive with many eager about the arrival of the John Lewis store and the architectural vision for the new arcade.

Victoria Gate’s Project Director, Joe Swindells, said:

“We’re pleased to be submitting the detailed planning applications which, if determined, will be another key milestone towards getting construction underway. We are confident that we have developed the best possible scheme to help put Leeds on the map as one of the UK’s top retail destinations.”

Jeremy Collins, Property Director, John Lewis added:

“The project is making significant progress and this marks an important milestone in providing Leeds with a full-line flagship John Lewis department store and a premium quality shopping destination.”

The first phase will create up to 1,500 retail and hospitality jobs and 6,000 construction employment opportunities.