The luxury department store John Lewis has decided to expand their business to Leeds. The site of the store will be that car park near the market and they will also be taking over the old police headquarters to replace them with a multi-storey car park. Now, I'm not a driver but a new car park in Leeds has to be good news, knowing that whenever I do go to Leeds with my mum, we are searching for a parking space for a long time until we decide we're going to have to park in The Light car park which costs extortionate amounts to park during the whole day.
The new development in Eastgate will cost approximately £110m for the first phase of the scheme, which has been planned to include 30 shops, up to 6 restaurants, and the car park.
If the plans are to be approved, the whole construction is planned to be finished in 2016. That's 4 years of construction and developmental work, just so we have more places to spend our money.
Councillor Keith Wakefield comments "Eastgate Quarters is a hugely significant development for the city which will enable our retail sector to compete with other British cities and attract international visitors and investors. It will bring thousands of new visitors to the city as well as creating a significant number of jobs for local people."
This new construction seems promising, I just hope that it doesn't create more trouble than it's worth.