Fresh plans breathe new life into disused offices above Bramley Shopping Centre have been approved by Leeds City Council.
As reported in June, applicant Mr R Clair wants to turn the first, second and third floors of the landmark Viewpoint office block – also known as Bramley House – into 36 flats, with 19 parking spaces.
A report by planners said:
“It is considered that the proposals, whilst raising some concerns about the size and quality of some of the units, will bring a prominent building which has been vacant for some years back into use.”
The report adds that 19 spaces in the current car park will be reserved for residents. Most of the units are one bedroom flats or studio apartments. It says:
“On balance, the Highways and Minerals Officers are satisfied that the proposal is in a sustainable location and will not introduce or exacerbate demand for on-street parking or increased vehicle movements over that of the lawful office use, and that prospective residents are at risk from historic contamination of the site.”
Similar plans were originally approved by Leeds City Council for a different developer last March – but with the stipulation that work was carried out before 30 May 2016.