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Leeds Scheme Faces Pushback

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Plans to build student accommodation in Leeds face a setback after planning chiefs told developers to go back to the drawing board.

McLaren Property is looking to convert the existing Leonardo Building and Thoresby House into purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) containing 476 beds.

However, members of Leeds City Council's Plans Panel raised concerns over the redesign and chose to defer a decision in order to give the applicant time to alter their plans.

In addition to converting the two buildings into student accommodation, the developers want to add a two-storey roof extension. A new 11-storey building would also be built, which came under fire from the panel.

Commenting on the project, councillor Elizabeth Nash argued the roof extension was the wrong colour and looked like an add-on. Concerns were also raised about the addition of the new block, which is deemed to dwarf the existing, attractive buildings.

The application will go before again in the coming weeks.