Wortley High School housing plans moving ahead

wortley high school site
wortley high school site

A proposed housing development on the site of the former Wortley High School building are moving ahead – despite being described as “boring” at a Leeds City Council planning meeting.

Developers Keepmoat want to build 59 homes, along with public open space, on the former site of Wortley High School in Swallow Crescent.

The proposals were withdrawn before December’s south and west plans panel meeting by the developer following concerns about due to concerns about escalating costs and the number of affordable homes on the site.

And last month panel members complained that the plans, for mainly redbrick housing, were ‘boring’, and that more work was needed on them. They approved the plan in principle, but deferred the final decision to approve the plans to the council’s chief planning officer.

A report before next Thursday’s south and west plans panel updates members on progress, saying the designs have now been altered.

The report says there has been an increase in the number of bay windows, the size of ground floor bay windows, and other design features.

The report, which is being brought before councillors for information, says there will also be nine affordable housing units on the site, an increase from the eight originally proposed.

A total of 22 letters of objection were submitted by members of the public, some of which said very few houses on nearby Swallow Crescent had any off-street parking.

Others complained of the increased traffic such a development would bring to the area.

The proposals do not affect the Wortley Boys pitches on other parts of the site.

The report can be read in full here.


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