Plans submitted for 42-storey student accommodation tower on site of The Yorkshire Post's former home

Plans have been submitted for a 42-storey student accommodation tower in the heart of Leeds.

On behalf of Urbanite, DLA Architecture and planning consultant Quod have submitted a new planning application for a site that was formerly occupied by The Yorkshire Post.

The landmark building on Wellington Street was demolished in 2014 and the site was cleared for redevelopment.

A spokesman said: "The new proposals consist of three mixed residential towers which were positively received by Leeds City Council’s Plans Panel at a pre-app presentation earlier this year.

On behalf of Urbanite, DLA Architecture and planning consultant Quod have submitted a new planning application for a site that was formerly occupied by The Yorkshire Post.

"The plans include a 42-storey purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) tower comprising 1,125 student beds as well as 18,500 sq ft of ancillary facilities, while the second building of 32 storeys would offer 638 student beds and unique spa facilities/health and well-being suite for students along with further ancillary space of 21,500 sq ft. Both will comprise a mix of cluster apartments and studios.

The spokesman added: "The third building, standing at 25 storeys would provide approximately 348 one, two and three-bedroom apartments with landscaped residents podium terrace taking advantage of south facing riverside views along with roof top external amenity terrace area.

"The plans include considerable landscaped public realm which extends to almost 62% of the site area and completion of a new public space, Headline Square, riverside walk along with reinvention of the iconic Yorkshire Post tower as a major piece of public art."

"Further features include a micro forest which will act as an oasis for biodiversity whilst also providing the benefit of carbon capture and improved air quality. The proposals also include associated highway infrastructure works to enhance connectivity through and beyond the site.

Daniel Newett at Urbanite, said, “We are delighted to reach this landmark with a scheme worthy of this important strategic site. The team has helped us to arrive at a viable and deliverable scheme that will regenerate a key strategic gateway in the West End of Leeds. The plans deliver against much needed mixed tenure housing with fantastic public realm that is both sustainable and adaptable in the future.”

Sue Sparling, Director at DLA Architecture who is currently advising on several current major new mixed developments in Leeds City Centre, said: “We are pleased to be involved with this significant project and that our plans have been well received to date."