Property news: New name for proposed west Leeds school conversion revealed

The proposed Greenhill Fold development.

The proposed Greenhill Fold development.

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The new name of a school site that could be converted into cottages and new homes has now been revealed.

Developers have unveiled plans to name the West Leeds site Greenhill Fold, in recognition of its local position between the Green Hill and Top Fold areas of Upper Wortley.

Rushbond Group and Advent Developments have joined forces to bring forward proposals to convert the former listed Upper Wortley School into 13 cottages, together with 36 brand new family homes in the School’s grounds.

Jonathan Maud, Managing Director of Leeds-based Rushbond, said: “This is a very important site to the local community with strong links from its time as a school.

“There is a real need in the area to provide new homes and this site offers a great opportunity to deliver a mix of types and styles, ranging from the mews cottages in the converted school building to new contemporarily designed modern homes, all to be finished to an exceptional standard.

“We feel that it is essential that the historical connections of the site to the area are maintained and indeed we hope that they are strengthened by naming the scheme after two well-known parts of Upper Wortley’.

Jonathan said: “We consulted with our neighbours and received some very positive feedback on our plans which was particular encouraging.

“A planning application has been submitted and we hope that permission is granted shortly so as to allow us to start work as soon as possible.

“We are confident that with our design approach, combined with the site’s great location and accessibility to local facilities, services, schools and the City Centre, that Greenhill Fold will be a very exciting and special place to live.”

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the the severe weather at the beginning of the year did not deter first time buyers, according to the National Association of Estate Agents(NAEA).

Their latest Housing Market Report revealed a small drop in the average number of properties available per member branch in February, falling from an average of 45 in January to 43 in February.

However the average number of sales agreed per branch continued to improve.

The number of First time buyers entering the market has also continued to improve with nearly a third (29 percent) of all homes sold by NAEA member agents being sold to first time buyers in February.

Once again the 31 to 40 year olds remained the most popular group purchasing property.

Jan Hÿtch, President of National Association of Estate Agents, said:

“The housing market remained strong in February with first time buyers continuing to turn out in force. As confidence in the housing market continues to rise, NAEA agents expect the number of first time buyers to remain strong.”

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