Leeds City Council has approved plans for a new 205-bedroom Leeds city centre hotel adjacent to the Victoria Gate shopping centre.

Landlord Hammerson is in discussions with an international hotel brand to operate the hotel. The 14-storey property and a redevelopment of a car park site will cater for business and leisure guests and offer an on-site gym and conferencing facilities, as well as a ground floor bar and restaurant. The hotel is expected to create 50 full-time jobs when it opens.

Robin Dobson, UK Director of Development and Project Management at Hammerson, said: “Not only does this mark an important step in our wider plans to create a thriving new cultural quarter in Leeds city centre, it also demonstrates progress in our wider strategy to support our existing assets by moving beyond pure retail.”

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