Leeds got the go ahead last night for one of the biggest retail schemes in the city.

Hammerson and Town Centre Securities received approval by the Government Office for Yorkshire & Humberside for the major development in Leeds city centre in the Eastgate & Harewood Quarter.

The decision by the government office supports the outline planning permission given by Leeds County Council for the scheme last year.

The 1.08m sq ft (100,000 sq m) retail-led scheme is to be developed in a 90:10 joint venture between Hammerson and Leeds-based property company Town Centre Securities.

The scheme will be anchored by a 259,950 sq ft (24,150 sq m) John Lewis store and will include over 100 retail units, up to 600 new homes, offices, restaurants, bars and a hotel.

Andrew Carter, Leader of Leeds City Council and executive member for development, said: ‘We are confident that we now have a scheme that is one of the most bold and innovative developments Leeds has seen for many years. It will help achieve the Council’s mission of bringing the benefits of a prosperous, vibrant and attractive city to all the people of Leeds and will take the city up a league in terms of its retail competitiveness nationally and internationally.’

CBRE is the planning advisor, Farrells is the masterplan architect.