Dig For Community!

Straightforward-Yet-Surreal Headline Of The Day, goes to “Allotments plan for Leeds land where £450m project on hold“:

A SHELVED £450m Leeds city centre development site could be turned into allotments for local offices.

MEPC, developer of Wellington Place, off Wellington Street, had hoped to start work on its £450milion project by July this year but is now unsure when construction will start.

So it plans to transform the site into a temporary green space until the financial climate improves.

Chris Davidson, development manager for Wellington Place, said: “The Wellington Place development will take a number of years to build and it is important that we start to build a strong community now, making the estate more than just a place to work.”

“We want everyone to feel part of the community and benefit from the attractive environment which we all share.”

Mr Davidson said possibilities being considered included allotments where local offices could grow fruit and vegetables; a grassed area for sporting facilities; and tree planting.

Tiberius supports this idea but is a little concerned by its ‘temporary’ nature – since “up to 2.6 million sq ft of commercial, retail, leisure and residential space” is exactly what Leeds does not need now, nor probably ever again.

The idea was apparently presented to MEPC by Dr Rachael Unsworth, a geography lecturer at the University of Leeds and the co-author of Around Leeds: A City Centre Reinvented – the support website of which includes a (currently unused) discussion forum.

On a final note, Mr Davidson said that “the development will happen – but nobody knows when.”

Tiberius thinks could hazard  guess, but it would probably approximate the time when sub-zero temperatures are reached in Hades.

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