Plans for 800-bed block of student flats to replace Leeds shopping centre have been approved

The proposal that looks to replace The Core Shopping Centre with student accommodation has been given the green light.

The Core Shopping Centre is soon to be demolished and replaced with purpose-built student flats and a shopping scheme on the ground floor.

The development will include 807 student bedrooms and around 36,000 sq ft of retail space, including two new arcades.

The huge project will be spread over three blocks and will feature low-carbon air source heat pumps, low water consumption fixtures and fittings, and low energy and controlled ventilation and lighting.

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Each of the three buildings will be connected by lightweight bridges running along the western edge of the site.

Formerly known as The Headrow Shopping Centre, The Core was built in 1987 and includes shops such as Matalan, Poundland, Burger King and Blacks.

A report suggests the recent addition of the Trinity and Victoria Gate shopping centres in the city has severely impacted The Core’s ability to fill its retail space.

The initial report, by the Local Democratic Reporting Service, said: “Many key stores are vacant, significant sections are totally vacant and a number of other occupiers have confirmed their intention to vacate the building when their leases end.”

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Paul Miles, construction director at Fusion Group, said: “Achieving planning permission on this scheme is a reflection of the commitment from our team to create a truly exceptional development that benefits both its future residents and the people of Leeds through much improved public realm and commercial space.

“We look forward to beginning construction on a scheme that will support residents to enjoy an active lifestyle, excellent focused study spaces, and an all-around well-balanced time throughout their academic years.”

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