Plans for huge block of student flats to replace Leeds shopping centre have been revealed

The proposal looks to replace the space with students flats and commercial units.

A shopping centre in Leeds city centre could be demolished under plans set for approval by the council.

The Core Shopping Centre on The Headrow could soon be no more, as a proposal by the council looks to replace the space with students flats and commercial units.

Two new streets would be created as part of the new development, linking together King Charles Street and Lands Lane.

The proposal presented to the City Plans Panel said The Core Shopping Centre had been struggling to attract visitors over recent years.

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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 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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The proposal which will go toward the panel on Thursday, looks to completely redesign the site using classical architecture as inspiration to create three buildings.

The reports said: “This suits the Chicago-style former Direct Line House directly to the north and the Italianate free style classical buildings on the south side and along Lands Lane.

“There have been a number of student residential developments completed within the north of the city centre in recent years, for example in the vicinity of the Merrion Centre.

“These have been successfully accommodated in a busy city centre context without causing amenity issues or conflict with existing businesses and civic uses.”

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