West Leeds: Green light for new rugby clubhouse in ‘forgotten area’

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West Leeds sports and social club
Site: West Leeds Sports & Social Club, off Redshaw Road. Photo: Betty Longbottom, CC BY-SA 2.0

Plans for a new community clubhouse which will ‘help restore pride in a forgotten area’ have been given the green light by council planners.

West Leeds Eagles ARLFC will convert their existing temporary portacabin changing rooms in Redshaw Road, New Wortley, into a permanent changing facility and community club annexe.

Their proposals include a kitchen, viewing area, toilets and storage area, as well as providing nine parking spaces to reduce the impact on neighbouring properties.

They used to meet in the adjoining West Leeds Sports and Social Club until it closed. 

A council planning officer’s report approving the application states:

“Given the existing changing facilities are currently operating (albeit on a ‘temporary’ basis) the extended building here is seen to have little impact on residential amenity particularly given the open space around the development proposed.”

West Leeds Eagles are looking to raise £20,000 to help raise funds towards the new clubhouse.

have been running a junior rugby club for almost 25 years, providing community activity in one of Leeds’s most deprived wards. They currently run teams from Under 7s to open age, for both male and female players. 

The site used to contain an Old Vicarage through to the mid-20th century.

The plans can be viewed here.

WLD last week reported that plans to turn the adjoining social club into offices have been submitted to Leeds City Council planners.

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