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Have your say on Woodhall community sports hub proposal

Plans for a community sports hub at Woodhall Sports Pavillion will be discussed at a public consultation this week.

Proposals include a community cafe, meeting space, two children’s play areas and providing new walking routes through the area off Woodhall Lane and Bradford Road.

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Preserved: The fields between Calverley and Pudsey.

The consultation event comes ahead of Leeds City Council and the Football Foundation putting in a planning application for the facilities as part of the Parklife programme.

The consultation event – on Thursday, 19 December – runs between 2pm and 7.30pm at St James The Great Church on Galloway Lane, Pudsey.

It will give people the chance to look at the proposals in more detail, meet representatives from the council and Football Foundation and have a say on issues including access and parking.

Parklife is a Football Foundation countrywide model for the provision and operation of all-weather facilities.

The football foundation match funds up to 60% (dependent on negotiations) of the cost of delivering the pitches.

Leeds currently has 11 all-weather, floodlit pitches across the city, an identified shortfall of 13 required to meet the demands of the city’s teams’ training demands. 

Woodhall Lane playing fields have had a chequered recent history.

Leeds City Council took control of the site from Bradford University in early 2018, with former Pudsey councillor and executive board member Richard Lewis claiming that the move had safeguarded the “vital greenspace” from “unwanted development”.

However, earlier this year unauthorised traveller encampments caused upset in the community


  1. The only point I would make is: I am hoping there will be sufficient on-site parking available because when there’s activity on the sports fields there is congestion on the main road, making it difficult to see when the road is clear to exit Woodhall Croft.


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