Holbeck Land and Chartford Homes have submitted a new planning application for the site. For more details click here.
“Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons might encapsulate the idealism of a carefree childhood in wide open settings, but around his old home in Hyde Park, Leeds, space is at a premium.
The writer’s old, redbrick villa backs on to a small area of what is now scrubland, an abandoned swimming pool and sports centre – left to crumble behind a high security fence when fee-paying Leeds Girls’ High School upped sticks and joined the middle-class flight to the city’s northern fringes to merge with the boys’ establishment in 2008.” Read more
By Jonathan Brown, The Independent, Saturday August 11th 2012
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