‘Dangerous’ Wortley building to become flats and houses

24 March 2019

Fresh plans to turn the site of a ‘dangerous and derelict’ Wortley property into new homes have been given the green light by Leeds City Council.

MJT Developments Ltd will transform Prospect House, off Fawcett Lane, into seven one and two bedroom apartments, with four family homes next to it.

Leeds City Council planners had been lukewarm to the original plans to demolish Prospect House, saying the proposals to demolish an important building had not been adequately justified. They also said the design for new properties was ‘unsympathetic’.

But local residents expressed frustration with the council’s initial stance on the former care home, labelling Prospect House a ‘derelict slum‘ and unsafe for local children.

Approving the latest proposals, a planning officer’s report said:

“The design and scale are considered to be appropriate and respond to the immediate character of the area where there are a variety of architecture styles and buildings from varying periods.

“The development avoids any undue impact on the living conditions of existing residents and will secure good levels of amenity for future occupants of the proposed development.”

The plans have been approved subject to a series of conditions, including work starting within three years.

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Matt Gibson says:

Good to hear. Local residents are right. The building is a derelict, dangerous eyesore. The sooner it’s transformed, the better.