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Planning Reports

The Leeds Civic Trust has published a number of reports on planning-related subjects. These can be downloaded from this website or purchased from the Leeds Civic Trust shop in Wharf Street.

Leeds City Centre Transformed (2009 - 2.4MB)
This discussion document was prepared as a response to the Leeds City Council City Centre Vision Conference in 2008. It reviews trends in city centre development and use before identifying seven Key Issues and introducing ideas for further work.

Linking the Station to the City (2008 - 1.9MB)
Prepared as a contribution to the City Vision process, this report reviewed current issues at the city's main railway station and made a number of suggestions as to how links between the station and the principal shopping and business areas could be improved.

Sink or Swim (2001 - 1.5MB)
At the turn of the century, plans were announced to relocate Leeds' 50 metre swimming pool to South Leeds Stadium and to demolish the 1960s International Pool in Westgate, central Leeds. This report argues that the old pool could have been restored as a new leisure and entertainment venue rather than be demolished. The site still stands vacant as development plans have fallen through due to the recession.

Bridge End, Dead End (2000 - 3MB)
At the South end of Leeds Bridge, this space was once heart of a thriving settlement but demolitions, road widenings and blight have taken their toll. This urban design report suggests an alternative future for Bridge End. 

Whose Waterfront Is It? (1999 - 900KB)
The Leeds Civic Trust has published a series of reports about the River Aire in Leeds city centre, starting with 'Leeds-upon-Aire' in 1973 which introduced the concept of waterfront walkways, entertainment and living. In the next 25 years, development transformed the riverside but where was the vitality, the activities, the boats?
Further information on the Waterfront can also be found under Leeds Amenities.