The £600m retail-led scheme is designed to transform a 92,900m² site northeast of Leeds city centre, most of which has been empty for 40 years.
John Lewis and Marks & Spencer are in line to anchor the development, with a further 130 new shops and restaurants.
The scheme, designed by ACME, includes a new civic square and pedestrianisation of all the streets within Eastgate Quarters. It also includes the restoration of historic buildings, a two level shopping arcade, refurbished offices and the largest shopper car park in the city with around 2,500 spaces.
A low-carbon energy centre for the scheme has also been consented which will provide heating, cooling and electricity required by the development, with the opportunity to also support neighbouring homes and businesses.
Andrew Hilston, Project Director for Eastgate Quarters said: “I am delighted with the positive decision from Leeds City Council. Hammerson has been working hard over the past few years to develop the best possible scheme to put Leeds firmly on the retail map. The scheme will create thousands of jobs, boosting the local economy, and will strengthen Leeds’ status as a leading European city destination.”