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Consulting on how to use green space ‘gift’

Pupils and parents from Moortown Primary School.

Pupils and parents from Moortown Primary School.

Council chiefs will consult with a north Leeds community over how best to use a piece of land which has been “gifted” to them by developers.

Scotfield Ltd are set to build 29 new homes on green fields near Moortown Primary School after the land was sold by its former owners.

Two-thirds of the 12 acre site will be gifted to Leeds City Council for a new public open green space and

But parents and pupils from the school recently held a protest against the loss of their school playing fields.

The school has been using the land for 50 years for sports days and to support learning activities - and campaigners claim the school are now unable to use the field because of health and safety issues.

Pam Jones of Moortown Primary School Parent group said: “We are a small school and having dedicated green space would make a huge difference.”

A spokesman for Leeds City Council said: “As a child friendly city, we want all children to have access to good quality outdoor facilities at their school, so we certainly understand the school’s concerns about their future access to this land.

“Although the land has never been owned by the council, we have been working with the school, developers and the community to try to help broker an agreement to suit all parties.

“When planning approval was granted for the housing development, we negotiated for part of the land to be allocated as an open space and ‘gifted’ to the council for community use.

“Their views will be taken into account to ensure that the land can best serve the whole community.”

A spokesman from Scotfield Ltd was unavailable to comment.

 

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