Published: 10th Sep 2018

NewStart met Martin Farrington, Head of City Development at Leeds City Council, at their new offices to discuss the city’s economic power, why HS2 represents value for money to the taxpayer, and how Leeds’ retail strategy is paying dividends. What has been behind Leeds’ recent growth? There’s been an overheating of the market in London and Leeds is well placed to pick up on that. Leeds has always been a commercial city at heart and a manufacturing base. Our core fundamentals are strong. One of our strengths is our university sectors. The University of Leeds was The Times’ University of the Year. Leeds Arts University is number one in its specialist area, and we have both Leeds Beckett and Leeds Trinity. You’ve got some real strengths there and that’s driving a lot of growth. Is there too much student accommodation in Leeds City Centre? There’s a question of balance, but … (To read the full article, subscribe below)