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Old May 12th, 2017, 12:11 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, 12:40 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, 12:57 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, 01:50 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, 02:38 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, 03:21 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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