Redevelopment hopes for green space for Leeds city centre

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A new green space for Leeds city centre could be a "catalyst for further development", according to the city council.

Leeds councillors have approved the £2.5m park scheme on Sovereign Street, near to the city's central railway station.

The site, which is currently a car park, was originally earmarked for two glass skyscrapers.

The £115m project was abandoned in 2008 following the property slump.

The city council said the scheme would "extend the city centre southwards and address its shortage of quality green space."

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for development, said: "When times are hard and the economy is facing big challenges new development tends to stagnate.

"But in Leeds we are not simply accepting that but taking action to do everything we can to stimulate growth in the city."

The project will now be put forward for planning permission.

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