Leeds & West Yorkshire

White Rose shopping centre expansion approved

White Rose centre
Image caption The centre currently has more than 100 shops and 4,800 parking spaces

Plans to expand a Leeds shopping centre have been approved by councillors.

The extra 3,900 sq m (42,000 sq ft) of floorspace will include extensions to the Next, Primark and Marks and Spencer stores at the White Rose centre.

It will also allow for further restaurants and cafes at the Dewsbury Road centre.

The planning application, which drew objections from Morley Town Council and a local resident, was approved by Leeds City Council's plans panel east.

The town council said "national policy restricting growth of out-of-town shopping centres must be upheld to maintain its purpose of protecting city centres and designated town and direct centres, such as Morley".

A letter from a nearby resident to the city council expressed concerns that the centre was too dependent upon cars and the extension would increase levels of traffic even further.

Planning officers had recommended to the panel that the application be approved.

A report to councillors said the extension would lead to more retail space being created away from the city centre but backing the plan would allow the council to regulate future development at the centre.

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