Retail – Eastgate Development Proposals

 Report to shape Eastgate development A new report looking at the changing landscape of retail will help to shape the Eastgate Quarters development in Leeds, developer Hammerson has said. ‘The Reshaping of Retail’ report has been produced by retail consultant Conlumino, on behalf of retail property company Hammerson, which owns the Victoria Quarter and is developing Eastgate Quarters in Leeds. For the full story please visit:


East Leeds – Incinerators get the go ahead

Waste incinerators for east Leeds gets go-ahead from councillors Two power stations that burn waste instead of coal, and will generate power for up to 73,000 homes have been granted planning permission by Leeds City Council. A £200m plant will be built at Skelton Grange by waste management specialist Biffa. The second – which had aroused much more controversy– will be built and run by multi-national Veolia just one mile away on a former market site at Cross Green, the £460m facility will be paid for by a 25 year PFI contract. For the full story please visit:

City Wide – fancy becoming a ‘Dementia Friend’?

An initiative supported by the Government which aims to make everyday life better for people with dementia by developing a nationwide network of volunteers with the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their community. You can register your interest today and be one of the first to hear about when and how you can take the first step to becoming a Dementia Friend. By volunteering at the start, you can help build a network in your local community.

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Company News – Cobbetts team taken over by Walker Morris

Walker Morris has acquired Cobbetts’ 27-strong banking litigation team based in Leeds, while the majority of the collapsed Manchester firm’s assets have been sold to DWF. See  [07/02/2013  Insider]

City Centre – retailers to fall into terminal decline?

Yorkshire’s high street retailers will fall into “terminal decline” without government action on rates and if they fail to embrace a multi-channel approach, a leading retail adviser has warned ahead of another “tough” year. See  [07/02/2013  Insider]

Leeds Casino – revised plans to be considered

Global Gaming Ventures, one of the three bidders for the casino in Leeds, has revised its plans. LCC licencing committee will next week look at whether Global’s new proposals should be accepted for consideration. See  [07/02/2013  YP]

Leeds Arena – all claims against Leeds City Council rejected

A High Court judge has rejected all claims against Leeds City Council over allegations of deceit and procurement breaches over the ending of the development competition to build Leeds Arena.

See [06/02/2013  LCC]