Building a strategy centred on inclusive growth means getting everyone to benefit from the economy to their full potential. It means raising our productivity, increasing skills levels, more innovation and better infrastructure. It will mean more money for public services, reduced unemployment and increased wages. Reducing inequality in our city will also boost our economic performance. It means a city where people and businesses grow.
We will build on what is already a broad based economy, harnessing our resilience from economic diversity in uncertain times and byy working together we can build a strong economy within a compassionate city.
South Bank is already a successful and growing business, educational and residential destination and we aim to further transform the area. Our proposed vision for the area is to double the size of the city centre by transforming the South Bank into a distinctive and leading European destination for investment, living, learning, creativity and leisure.
The vision puts people first at the beginning of the design process and create the spaces and frame with buildings to create a vision for urban life in Leeds. The space which people inhabit and interact with is vital for continuity, comfort, delight and legibility in the city. The final piece to embed the diversity of urban life is the buildings. The built environment helps to shape and reinforce movement patterns by framing routes and providing use and destination.
HS2 is a key element of our vision for south bank. The development of the yorkshire hub station in leeds will act as a landmark gateway welcoming visitors and business travellers to the city and region.
High speed rail will have a transformative effect on cities, towns and regions both on and off the route, in terms of new jobs, skills, regeneration and business opportunities. Along with the plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail,communities across the north will benefit from better connections and faster journey times.
We are working with our partners from the business community and neighbouring authorities to make sure HS2 builds on the economic strengths and successes in Leeds and the Leeds City Region. Here in Leeds we are already seeing the benefits of HS2. Investors are choosing Leeds because of HS2 and we are working with our business community to make the most of the many opportunities it offers.
We are planning for the future with Network Rail’s studies suggesting increased peak demand growth into Leeds Station of 114% over the next 30 years. Work is already underway to strengthen the station’s role as the major transport node in the city region’s transit network to spread the benefits of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail across the Leeds City Region and beyond.
Leeds City Region in partnership with HS2 ltd and Network Rail, have appointed Atkins to develop a transformational Masterplan for Leeds Station which will deliver a new combined ‘T’-shaped station incorporating HS2, upgrades to TransPennine and Northern Rail services, Leeds City Region Metro and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
The Leeds Innovation District brings together the Leeds NHS Trust, University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds College of Art and Leeds City Council in an ambitious partnership to create a 21st century science and innovation park in the centre of Leeds.
It will provide a base for entrepreneurs, start-up and scaleup companies to mix with established hi-tech businesses and tap into the expertise of worldclass education institutions to create innovative new products and services.