Over the last two decades or so the city of Leeds

has undergone a transformation of its urban char-

acter (Figure 11.1). Regions of the city centre, once

semi-derelict and neglected backwaters of past

industrial and commercial use, have been brought

to life with a now vibrant mix of retail, business,

leisure and residential development. Much of this

has been stimulated by the Leeds Development

Corporation, set up by the Government to regener-

ate over 1300 acres of the inner city by bringing

existing land and buildings into effective use to

encourage existing and new commercial and

industrial activity. A significant objective of the

Development Corporation was to achieve this in

ways that would also attract people to live and

work in the inner city by providing housing and

social facilities in an attractive environment.