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‘Boring’ Wortley High School housing deferred by councillors

A proposed housing development on the site of a former Leeds school has been described as “boring” at a Leeds City Council planning meeting, writes Richard Beecham.

Plans to build 59 homes, along with public open space, on the former site of Wortley High School in Swallow Crescent went before members of the council’s south and west plans panel.

But panel members complained that the plans, for mainly redbrick housing, were ‘boring’, and that more work was needed on them.

Coun Colin Campbell (Lib Dem) said:

“As far as the principle of development is concerned, what else [apart from housing] could you use the site for, other than putting another school on it?

“But we have a preponderance of red brick. I do wish developers would do a bit more.

“In five years time, you are going to look at this and think ‘this is boring’. We need to do better than these, they are just not good enough.”

Applicants Keepmoat Homes submitted plans for five two-bedroom, 42 three-bedroom and 12 four-bedroom houses on the site.

The plans state the properties would be between two and three storeys in height, constructed of brick and could include canopies above the front doors.

Responding to Coun Campbell, Coun Caroline Gruen (Lab), who was chairing the meeting, said:

“I agree with you. Elected members will soon become more involved with design. We need to work with developers to make sure they can improve on the quality of the design.

“We have a long long way to go with design in general.”

Developers Keepmoat, who originally withdrew the plans from the Christmas plans panel meeting due to concerns about escalating costs, have proposed eight of the units would be affordable homes. But council planning chiefs want to see nine affordable homes on the site.

A total of 22 letters of objection were submitted by members of the public, some of which said very few houses on nearby Swallow Crescent had any off-street parking.

Others complained of the increased traffic such a development would bring to the area.

A decision on the site was deferred for a future meeting.

The proposals do not affect the Wortley Boys pitches on other parts of the site.

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