North Leeds school submits expansion plan

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Plans have been submitted for the expansion of Gledhow Primary School to help meet the demand for primary school places in north Leeds.

Architects Halliday Clark have drawn up the proposals, on behalf of Leeds City Council, to create a new two-storey teaching block extension, a single storey extension to the reception classrooms and to expand the car park.

The plans would create seven new classrooms for the scheduled increase in pupils from 420 to 630 from September 2016.

It comes after at least 80 parents in the north of the city were not offered a place this year at any of their preferred schools - despite opting to go to their nearest primaries.

But some objectors to the current planning application say the school places’ ‘blackhole’ is in Roundhay, Moortown and Alwoodley - not Gledhow. They also argue the need will also be met by proposals to open a new free school in Roundhay in 2017 and to move Khalsa Science Academy to Alwoodley next year.

Local residents have also objected to the plans on the grounds of increased traffic and parking issues.

But Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for children and families, said the expansion of Gledhow Primary School will meet “some of the demand” or primary school places in the north.

“We are now seeking planning approval to expand the school building to accommodate this. The expansion will provide an additional seven classrooms and extensive remodelling to provide a fantastic new learning environment for all pupils. The planning application is currently out for public consultation and we are keen to hear the views of interested parties.”

Gledhow Primary School has also been the subject of recent controversy after it fenced off its large field, ready for the expansion - which had been freely used by the community for the past 30 years.