Delight as £10m plans for new Leeds school get go-ahead

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Plans for a new £10m school in south Leeds have been given the green light by councillors.

The ageing Newlands Primary building on Albert Road will now be demolished and replaced with an entirely new school that is scheduled to open in 2014.

Construction work is due to begin later this year after a Leeds City Council planning committee approved the scheme.

Newlands head Adrian Stygell said the new school promised to be an impressive addition to the landscape in Morley.

He went on: “It really will be something. It’s going to be a very attractive building for Morley, I honestly think the best in Morley for a generation.

“It’s also going to be a really nice community resource. There’ll be some great rooms available for the community to use.”

Mr Stygell said the support of project manager Darren Dobson and John Elliott of architects NPS had been invaluable in getting the proposals off the ground.

The planning thumbs-up was also welcomed by Morley South councillor Judith Elliott (Morley Borough Independents).

She said: “The children and the local community deserve credit for their patience and for joining with us to make sure a high-quality state-of-the-art school is provided.

“I know the project is also welcomed by the school, which has been delivering a good quality education under very difficult circumstances.”

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