Leeds school plan for old sports centre site

How the new school on the site could look.
How the new school on the site could look.
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Plans to build a school at the site of a derelict sports centre in Beeston – which residents fought to save – have been submitted.

The proposals could see a 420-pupil primary school and 26-child nursery called Lane End Primary built on the South Leeds Sports Centre site by July 2015.

The amended application comes after ward councillors voiced fears over the number of allocated parking spaces, claiming the 38 spaces proposed could lead to overflow parking on neighbouring residential streets.

Coun Mohammed Iqbal (Lab, City and Hunslet) welcomed the news that the developers now plan to increase the number of school parking spaces from 38 to 50.

He said: “There are five schools in the area and there is still a shortage of places, there is a need and I welcome the proposal that will bring a new school with a fresh beginning.”

The two form entry school will receive its first intake of reception pupils in September before the building is completed in 2015. A nursery will also open at the new site next summer.

New starters in 2014 will use temporary accommodation at Cockburn School, in Beeston, until the building of Lane End Primary is completed next year.

Lane End will be run by the Learning Trust (South Leeds), made up of Cockburn School and six south Leeds primaries.

Peter Nuttall, secretary of the trust, said: “There is a need for school places all over the city – it’s starting in the south and moving further north.”

He said there is a capacity to extend the school to three form entry for 630 pupils if needed.

Protest group Splash fought tirelessly to save South Leeds Sports Centre, which closed in 2010, after it fell victim to the authority’s budget savings. Leeds City Council demolished it after gaining permission last autumn.

Plans for a school on the site are likely to be decided on by early April, while comments are being invited until February 13.

To view the plans and post comments visit publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk and search for application 13/05831.

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Andy Goulty, chief executive of Rodillian Multi-Academy Trust.

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