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Old May 12th, 2017, 01:11 AM   #781
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That render of Whitehall Riverside looks ok although surely more action should have been taken by the council in order to get Whitehall Riverside completed considering it must have been around a decade between the construction of No1 Whitehall Riverside and the Premier Inn.
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Old May 12th, 2017, 01:40 PM   #782
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That render of Whitehall Riverside looks ok although surely more action should have been taken by the council in order to get Whitehall Riverside completed considering it must have been around a decade between the construction of No1 Whitehall Riverside and the Premier Inn.


Just what action do you think the council should have done?
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Old May 12th, 2017, 01:57 PM   #783
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Have they any powers to deny surface car parking and only grant permission if empty sites are maintained by way of temporary grassing over etc?
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Old May 12th, 2017, 02:50 PM   #784
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They can deny surface car parking as part of an overall parking strategy for central Leeds (as they have in other places), but would need good justification to do this. The only other thing I can think of is if the land is desperately need for some purpose and a compulsory purchase is required, but that is clearly not going to happen here, other than that, I don't think the council have much power to change this empty site.
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Old May 12th, 2017, 03:38 PM   #785
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They can deny surface car parking as part of an overall parking strategy for central Leeds (as they have in other places), but would need good justification to do this. The only other thing I can think of is if the land is desperately need for some purpose and a compulsory purchase is required, but that is clearly not going to happen here, other than that, I don't think the council have much power to change this empty site.


Exactly!

Local authorities have nothing like the powers that some people believe they have. And I struggle to imagine what Leeds City Council would say to TCS.

TCS can't be accused of being land bankers since they've put up three buildings on the site. They've maintained the rest of the site well. And they have permission for the car park operating there.

So, what kind of coercion would the council use?
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Old May 12th, 2017, 04:21 PM   #786
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I'd agree with Rob and aviator on this. The council don't really have any powers at present to stop developers land banking and using sites for car parks rather than building on them. Any such powers will have to come from Westminster however while Sajid Javid may not like the practice he doesn't appear to be in any rush to stop it citing the free market https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/g...-land-banking/

One thing the council might be able to do in the future that could indirectly stop land banking would be to refuse planning permission for extra car parks using the Clean Air legislation that is currently being proposed. Assuming the legislation goes through LCC might be able to make the argument that denying permission for surface car parks would encourage more people to use public transport. If developers can't make easy money from car parks they might build or sell.
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Old September 25th, 2017, 02:02 AM   #787
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From TCS's recently published results.

http://www.tcs-plc.co.uk/financials/announcements

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Whitehall Road, Leeds

This 4.35 acre site is now established at the core of the grade A office area for Leeds City Centre. It currently trades as a 460 space surface car park. Both the city centre and the train station are a short walk away.

The masterplan is for 324,000 sq ft of offices in three buildings along with a 500 space multi-storey car park. There is also potential to replace one of the proposed office buildings with around 310 residential units.

The site's central location and river frontage gives it particular appeal and this area of Leeds has seen substantial development in recent times which has delivered two benefits for Whitehall Road - rental values have now been established at £28psf, and the availability for new occupier requirements is being eroded as other large scale lettings reduce supply.

This will be particularly evident now that the adjoining site has been chosen for the Government Property Unit office requirement which will take up much of the remaining availability.

We have ongoing discussions regarding potential requirements and we expect to be announcing plans for the next building over the coming year. Detailed planning has now been granted for the 180,000 sq ft of the aforementioned office space and 500 space multi story car park.

We are currently planning to start work on the car park over the next year to capitalise on the increasing demand which will result from developments on adjoining sites.
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Good find.

TCS doing what they do best, Grade A vultures.
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Old September 26th, 2017, 02:51 PM   #789
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I predicted they would start work on the carpark. Typical TCS
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Old October 20th, 2017, 01:10 AM   #790
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How awfully unambitious especially considering the progress at Wellington Place next door.
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