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Planning and conservation area consent was granted by Leeds City Council for the £6m redevelopment of the former cinema site to a mixed use scheme comprising office space and retail units together with basement parking.

The consented scheme was subsequently amended and simplified to include a restaurant, slightly reduced office floor space and an external smoking terrace for the adjoining Arc bar. The amended scheme received detailed planning consent on 6 November 2009.

Unfortunately, the speculative office market is currently such that it would not be viable to implement the approved scheme. As a result the scheme has been amended to incorporate 12 x 2 bedroom apartments in the upper floors as opposed to offices.

A pre-application planning meeting has been held with both planning and highway officers to discuss the further amended scheme and feedback has been positive. The amended plans are therefore to be put on public display in Headingley Library with a view to submitting the formal application for the amended scheme very soon thereafter.