Major housing development proposed for former Swinnow school site

An artist's impression of the Hough Top development.

Plans for 82 affordable local authority homes have been submitted at the site of a former school this week.

The former Hough Side High School site at Hough Top, Swinnow, could house 82 affordable dwellings, with associated open space and infrastructure if Leeds City COuncil’s plans receive the green light.

The proposal is for a 100% affordable residential development across the site including both houses and apartments. The site will contain 55 houses and 27 apartments, meaning there will be 82 new residential properties proposed.

The proposed two storey houses will be a mixture of two, three and four bedrooms. Each house will have its own parking spaces and private garden space. The proposed three-storey apartment block will contain a mixture of one and two-bedroom units.

A planning statement accompanying the application said the development would be a good use of a brownfield site.

“[This is] a proposal that is suitable for the Hough Top area and one that can be a great addition for the locality. To summarise the document, the scheme will be a benefit to the area through the following aspects,” the statement added.

Access would be off Harley Drive and Hough Top Road.

The plans can be viewed in full here. People can comment on the application until 8 December.

Hough Side High School closed in August 1992 and Leeds City Council has earmarked the site for around 76 houses in its Site Allocations planning blueprint for Outer West Leeds.

Demolition of the school took place in late 2021 and early 2022 at a cost of £276,000, after being delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.


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