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HPOL’s Community Sport Proposal Complete!

Click here to download a PDF of the Alternative Plans

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We hope that everyone involved with the site in any capacity will take the time to read this proposal, to see what could be achieved if the site were to be preserved as sports facilities and run for the benefit of the community.

The proposal contains the following:

  • Information about the current planning application
  • Site History
  • Leeds 6 Background information
  • Existing Sports Provision – nearby schools
  • The Lantern Learning Trust (Inner City North) and primary school sports provision
  • Assessment of free-to-use sports facilities in the LS6 area
  • Sphere: a community sports facility
  • Who are Sphere?
  • Who are HPOL?
  • Proposed site plans
  • Philosophy
  • What the centre will provide
  • 35+ years sport
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Disabled Sports Clubs
  • Comparable rates
  • Parking
  • Renewable Technologies
  • Access
  • Partners
  • Sports Partners
  • Potential funding partners
  • The HPOL business proposition + case study
  • Projected budgets
  • The HPOL business proposition
  • Existing Site Plans
  • Evidence of local need


Public Meeting

Cardigan Centre

ting was held
This evening’s meeting was held at the Cardigan Centre. It was attended by four representatives of the developer; Ian Barraclough, John Barraclough, Stuart Natkus, and Matthew Fuller; five councillors; John Illingworth, Janette Walker, Neil Walshaw, Martin Hamilton and Javaid Akhtar; the community planning officer, Ryan Platten and forty one local residents.

Martin Oxley from Futsal came and spoke about how given the chance he could make the site available for the community to use for sports purposes. He said there is plenty of money out there in the form of grants. He said he’s done it before and can do it again.

Amit Roy said the School hadn’t just moved the goalposts, it had moved the entire playing field. He compared the School to locusts, determined to consume everything in our area, and to leave nothing behind.

Mavis Whitbread pointed out that there was an article in today’s paper about how people at Holt Park are complaining that they’ll be without a leisure centre for 11 months while a new multi million pound leisure centre is built to replace their old one, whereas the people of Hyde Park have never had a leisure centre, and now the only swimming pool and sports centre in the area will be pulled down if the current planning application goes ahead.

Councillor Illingworth said that life expectancy in the Holt Park area is 11 to 12 years longer than life expectancy in the Hyde Park area.

Another lady said that whereas the developers claim their development will attract families to the area, the reality is that by building on Hyde Park’s last remaining green space, existing families will be driven from the area.

In response to a promise by Ian Barraclough to include an orchard in the development, Christine McQuillan said her grandchildren don’t need an orchard to sit in and get fat, they need a swimming pool.

It was pointed out from the floor that the swimming pool and sports hall are protected from demolition by a planning law which says that before land with existing sports facilities can be built on, those facilities have to be replaced elsewhere, and the School hasn’t replaced the swimming pool and sports hall with new ones either at Alwoodley or anywhere else. Councillor Hamilton said he would look into this.

At the end of the meeting, residents voted to reject the current planning application, and to establish an action group whose aim will be to ensure that the site remains as a playing field and that the swimming pool and sports hall are made available for use by the community.

You can read a full account of the meeting here.

Local playing field, sports hall and swimming pool could be lost

Proposed Convenience Store fronting on to Victoria Road

A local playing field, sports hall and swimming pool could be lost to “development” if a planning application on the former Leeds Girls’ High School site is approved. The site has been unused since the High School moved to Alwoodley to join the Leeds Boys’ Grammar School to form The Grammar School at Leeds. Now Holbeck Land and Chartford Homes, having paid a deposit on the site, want to:

  • demolish the sports hall and swimming pool on Victoria Road and replace them with a 3-storey building comprising of a convenience store with 8 flats above.
  • build 25 houses on the playing field with some exercise space.
  • At all meetings called by the LGHS Action Group about the whole site, the community was unanimous in calling for the sports facilities to be saved.
  • The five schools in the area need an extra 40,846 sq metres to comply with the area required by the School Premises Regulations. Brudenell, Quarry Mount and Rosebank have no playing field space.
  • Locally owned shops and convenience stores already struggle.

The application documents and plans can be looked at, using application number 12/02491, either on Public Access at www.leeds.gov.uk/publicaccess, or at reception in the Development Enquiry Centre, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington St, Leeds, LS2 8HD (from 8.30am to 5pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays but only from 10am to 5pm on Wednesdays) or at Headingley Library. If you want to comment or object you can do so via the web address above or by writing to the Development Enquiry Centre, by 23rd August.

From Headline II Issue 2, July 2012