Leeds city centre park gets go-ahead

Artist's impression of the new park The council said the park would be a "focal point for the area"

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Proposals for a new green space and office development for Leeds city centre have been approved by planners.

The £2.5m park will be built on Sovereign Street near the railway station, on land that is currently used as a temporary car park.

Plans were also approved for a neighbouring four-storey development to house consultancy firm KPMG's new headquarters.

The site was originally earmarked for two glass skyscrapers.

But the £115m Criterion Place project was abandoned in 2008 following the property slump.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for development, said: "It [will be] a real focal point for the area, re-introducing the site to full permanent use and encouraging investors such as KPMG to locate there."

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