Crown Street Car Park, Leeds

Application to demolish a number of Victorian Buildings along a back lane in Leeds City Centre:

https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OZK6NJJBLB700

Crown Street demolition plan.JPGWhat concerns me about this application is not the loss of the buildings – albeit reprehensible to destroy the Victorian urban grain – rather it is the opportunity cost of developing this site and not creating much needed city centre green space that dismays me.

This could have been a beautiful setting for some breathing space in Leeds, with the backdrop of  a railway viaduct, the disordered roofscape of Kirkgate, and the Corn Exchange.

The Victorians would have ensured this space was civic. How they did that seems to be a lost art.

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