Development to start at Leeds school site

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Developers have pledged to continue a scheme to transform a former school site - which was attacked by arsonists - into an £8million village development.

Firefighters were called to the listed former Upper Wortley School site, on Ashley Road, on Saturday evening.

Developers of the site, Upper Wortley Limited, have told the Yorkshire Evening Post that they are due to start work on the scheme later this summer.

The project will see the main Upper Wortley School building converted into 13, two and three bedroom, loft style houses and 36 new build family homes will be constructed in the school’s grounds.

The west Leeds development has been named Greenhill Fold in recognition of its local position between the Green Hill and Top Fold areas of Upper Wortley.

Speaking on behalf of the developers, Tim Reeve said: “We’re obviously very disappointed by what’s happened but thankfully it shouldn’t cause too much inconvenience to the scheme.

“The main part of the former school is a stunning grade II listed Victorian building.

“Thanks to the prompt response of the fire service, the damage suffered is repairable and won’t impact on the overall finish of this development.

He added: “At this stage we also don’t expect it to cause any delays to our construction programme, which is on track to commence later this summer.”

West Yorkshire Police said the incident was being treated as arson.

Officers are looking for anyone who may have information about the incident.

Four fire engines attended the blaze just before 6pm on Saturday.

Police said offenders broke into the building and started a fire, which spread throughout the building causing a large amount of damage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 6397 Miller at Elland Road Police Station via 101