Leeds Victoria Gate images released by Hammerson

Computer-generated images of the Victoria Gate development A planning application for the scheme will be submitted later this year

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The developer behind plans for a £130m retail development in Leeds has released images of the scheme as it launches a public consultation.

The Victoria Gate development, formerly known as Eastgate Quarters, is to include a flagship John Lewis store, restaurants and an 800-space car park.

A glass-roofed arcade will link the John Lewis store with the existing Victoria Quarter shopping area.

The plans will be shown in the Victoria Quarter from Thursday until Saturday.

Developer Hammerson says the scheme will create up to 1,500 retail and hospitality jobs.

Joe Swindells, the project director, said: "We wanted to design buildings which pay tribute to Leeds' architectural heritage while making a statement and creating a landmark within the city.

"ACME [architects] has done a huge amount of research into the rich texture and contrasting materials from commercial and retail buildings in Leeds."

A planning application will be submitted to the city council later this year. If it is approved construction will start in 2014.

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