Expansion plans submitted for Leeds school

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Plans have been submitted to create hundreds of new extra places at a Leeds school.

The scheme at Roundhay School will create an extra 325 places along with new sports facilities, floodlights and car parking spaces.

The proposals, which have been drawn up by architects Bond Brian on behalf of Leeds City Council, will include the relocation of the school’s existing sixth form buildings, the creation of large, open learning spaces and new teaching facilities.

In addition, a new synthetic sports pitch would be created, which would also be available for community football teams as well as existing students.

If given the green light, the plans would also include the construction of a new dining centre and a conservation area.

The YEP revealed earlier this year that education chiefs will need to create hundreds of new secondary school places by next year.

Members of Leeds City Council’s north and east plans panel were supportive of the scheme at a planning hearing this week.

Although concerns were raised about how the floodlights will affect residents.

A spokesman for Bond Brian architects said in the planning application: “The new sixth form centre will help to create that contemporary feeling within the school.

“The rest is mainly teaching accommodation that will be located just in front of the building.

“The school are really keen to create that aspirational environment and an identity for the building and that is what we have tried to do here.

“It is sympathetic to its surroundings, although it is fairly large, it fits quite nicely and blends in well.”

If the scheme gets the go-ahead, work on the site will begin in April or May next year.

Roundhay School became a through age school for both primary and secondary pupils in 2012.

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