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Boarding school plan for empty West Leeds Sports and Social Club

By Don Mort, local democracy reporting service

A former social club could be turned into a boarding school for children with special needs.

The plan would see the empty West Leeds Sports and Social Club in Armley converted into a residential facility for 20 youngsters.

Pudsey-based Youth Hubz, a provider of services for children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND), has applied for planning permission.

A planning report said: “We operate five Ofsted registered homes, each designed to provide a safe, structured, and supportive environment for these young individuals.”

The Redshaw Road club closed in 2019 and has since fallen victim to vandalism and flytipping.

The former West Leeds Sports and Social Club has suffered from vandalism and fly-tipping. Photo: John Baron

Planning permission was previously granted in February 2023 to turn the building, off Redshaw Road, into flats and offices. Previous proposals for offices and housing at the site failed to gain planning permission.

A design statement said the new school would help meet the needs of children with challenging emotional behaviours in partnership with Leeds City Council.

It said: “The scheme provides the required internal facilities for educational and care purposes as well as external recreation space suitable for a small school of this nature.”

The proposal would see the ground floor converted into five classrooms, each for four children, along with a dining area, offices and a sports hall.

The two upper floors would house en suite student bedrooms, medical rooms and recreation areas.

The report said the building was in a state of disrepair and the roof was falling in.

It said: “The existing building is in poor condition following occupation from the previous tenants and has been vacant for some time.

“The proposed scheme has been carefully designed to be sympathetic to the existing appearance of the building while incorporating newer additions which allow the scheme to work.”

The proposal was supported by West Leeds Amateur Rugby League Football Club (ARLFC), who are based next to the building.

In response to a public consultation, the club said: “At West Leeds ARLFC we are at the heart of the community and bring many families into our community rugby league club.

“This proposed project could enhance our own club, as we have aspirations of running some disability sports programmes.”

Read more of WLD‘s coverage of the building and its grounds here.

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