Farnley Academy receives green light to improve ‘ugliest’ teaching block

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The Farnley Academy.

Plans to revamp a teaching block at The Farnley Academy have been given the green light by Leeds City Council planners.

The school, run by Gorse Academies Trust, had applied to remove and replace the cladding, doors, windows and roof fabric on the existing Asquith three-storey teaching block, which dates back to the 1970s.

Proposals include replacing the existing building fabric to ensure it becomes watertight, warm and more contemporary, like other buildings on the site.

A report submitted with the planning application stated:

“Asquith building has received some modernisation but, due to the condition of its external fabric, it has fallen behind. This prominent building is one of the first that visitors see but is also the ugliest, not helped by its palette of materials which contrast with the rest of the campus.”

A council planning officer’s report approving the proposals, concluded: “The proposal is not considered to have a significant detrimental impact on neighbouring residential amenity nor upon the character and appearance of the buildings and thus the application is approved.”

The full plans and reports can be viewed in full here.


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