Leeds & West Yorkshire

Thousands of Leeds city centre car parking spaces approved

Thousands of previously unauthorised car parking spaces in Leeds have been given official recognition.

About 3,000 spaces will now stay open for the next five years.

The move follows a review of the Labour-run council's city centre commuter car parking policy, where the owners of unauthorised car parks were asked to submit planning applications.

A total of 16 were received and 11 have now been given the go-ahead by Leeds City Council.

Officials said the selected applications would be likely to generate the least congestion, provide better security and safety and offer visual improvements.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member responsible for development and economy, said the proposals would better serve the needs of commuters and the wider city economy.

A decision on one car park, at Ingram Row, was deferred for further discussion and consultation with the Highways Agency.

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