Uses & Opportunities

From major employers such as the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds, to global legal and professional services, the Innovation Arc represents one of the largest concentrations of jobs not just in Leeds, but nationally.
Through existing developments and new proposals set out within the SPD, the city will support the expansion of existing businesses, attract new inward investment and job creation. 


The SPD identifies a number of proposals relating to 'Uses & Opportunities' across the Innovation Arc. You can explore these proposals by:
  • Downloading the Uses and Opportunities map and reading the written summary below

Summary of Key Proposals

  • ​​​Supporting a 'step-change' in innovation activity in the city through facilitating new 'start-up' and 'scale-up' spaces for entrepreneurs
  • Creating a strategy and detailed planning brief for the Leeds General Infirmary site which takes the design principles of the Innovation Arc into account and specifically:
Focuses on the future of historic buildings on site.
Identifies key pedestrian and cyclist routes that can be delivered without conflicting with operational services
Identifies appropriate uses that will support the Innovation Arc and its innovation neighbourhoods
Identifies opportunities to better connect physically with the city core and communities
Provides principles for public green space and details of how the development will help achieve carbon neutrality targets by 2030.
  • Supporting major mixed-use regeneration opportunities, particularly in the West End, where there is opportunity to provide high density development and a clustering of high quality, flexible space for businesses of all shapes and sizes to grow


  • ​​​Subject to compliance with existing Local Plan policy, the following uses will be supported: 
Innovation hubs, start-up spaces, research facilities, co-working, studio and flexible office space
Ground floor 'active' uses that 'spill out' into the public realm
Social and community infrastructure needed to support existing and new communities
Retail and leisure uses where appropriate to support the daily needs of workers and residents 
Residential developments that support the vision and objectives of the Innovation Arc, for example those that provide alternative affordable models
Cultural spaces and uses that support the city's broader cultural offer and are accessible to surrounding neighbourhoods
Heritage-led innovation spaces within key assets such as the EC Stoner and Gilbert Scott buildings
Hotel accommodation, including innovative models of serviced accommodation to meet the needs of transient workforce or researchers
  • Uses should include the provision for training, apprenticeships and education that support Leeds citizens access to economic opportunities generated through the Innovation Arc.