Green light for heat pumps to power listed Farnley Hall

Farnley Hall
Farnley Hall. Photo: Mark Stevenson

Plans to install new ground source heat pumps in former stables in Farnley which date back to the 17th century have been approved by planners.

Leeds City Council submitted the plans at the stables, which now act as an existing plant room at the grade II Listed Farnley Hall. The building houses the council’s parks department alongside the Love Leeds Parks charity, among others.

A heritage statement supporting the application said: “The proposals as presented do not significantly harm the existing fabric of the listed building themselves, other than a minor service pipe intrusion to an existing plant room internally to the building. The works are in the setting of and not technically into the building.”

There were two letters of objection, with concerns including the impact on a green belt site and noise affecting neighbouring properties.

But a council report approving the application stated: “The proposed location of the heat pump and associated acoustic fencing is considered to be acceptable by the conservation officer as it will have a low impact upon the heritage significance of the grade II listed building.”

The grade II listed former stable block, a probable 17th century building, was rebuilt in 1806. The air source heat pumps will connect to the plant room and provide hot water and heating for the council-run Farnley Hall, a grade II listed country house with 16th century origins and major phases of development in 1806 with later 19th and 20th century alterations.

The plans can be viewed in full here.

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