Woodhall: ‘Parklife’ sports plans edge closer

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The fields between Calverley and Pudsey.

Plans to transform sports facilities at Woodhall Playing Fields into a ‘Parklife’ community sports hub have this week moved a further step closer to reality – more than three years after first being proposed.

Planning permission was granted in March 2022 for a new community sports hub with changing facilities, a community cafe, reception area and meeting rooms with associated car parking at Woodhall Playing Fields.

Council chiefs have this week agreed an Early Works Agreements will enable sports and landscape contractors Lano Sport NV with Cleveland Land Services (Guisborough) Ltd to develop pitch works at new sports hubs at Woodhall and Green Park in Thorpe Park, including final development of the construction contact with a value estimated at £4.6m. 

A separate report requesting authority to spend and to seek approval to award the main pitch contracts will be submitted to Leeds City Council in due course.

The total costs for both community sports hubs is around around £20.8 million. The cafe would have views over the football pitches and the meeting rooms would open out into the main cafe via movable walls. Three floodlit artificial grass pitches enclosed by metal ball-stop fencing will also be built off Woodhall Lane, along with two new children’s play areas.

The scheme is part of the national Parklife initiative to improve football pitches and facilities.

No timescale has been provided on when work will start and a contractor to carry out the main works has yet to be appointed.

The full report can be found here.

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