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Investor targets first Leeds project with 17-storey tower

London and Scottish Investments (LSSI) has signalled its expansion into Leeds with plans for a 17-storey tower in the city.  

The property developer plans to build the student accommodation block on the site of a 1980s office block on Belgrave Street in the city centre. 

LSSI plans to demolish the existing building and replace it with a mixed 17 and 10-storey building housing 325 student beds, alongside amenities including a gym, cinema room, and an outdoor terrace.

The project was revealed in a pre-application presentation, which will be put before the city’s planning committee this Thursday. 

The scheme represents the investor’s first foray into Leeds, after it expanded into Sheffield last year with the purchase of a 50,000 sq ft office building in the city centre.

In the pre-application report from the city’s planning officers, planners said the scheme “would not have an impact upon the character or appearance” of the local conservation area, nor would the building have “a harmful effect” on nearby listed buildings.

Planners also said the building would not have a major impact on other nearby office buildings.

“The new building, although taller and deeper than that existing, is not likely to unacceptably affect the amenities of occupiers of remaining offices to the south, east and west of the site,” said the planners’ report.

It also sits near the 376-bedroom St Albans Place project by developer Vita Student. Kier has started on the 18-storey building, which is due to complete in 2019.

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