Planners to cast eye over Leeds primary school proposals

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Proposals for a new school and nursery are set to go before Leeds City Council planners.

To meet the need for the city’s growing population, plans have been put forward for an up to 420-pupil primary school, in Florence Street, Harehills, which would have a 26-place nursery.

A pre-application presentation for the school, to be known as Nightingale Primary School, suggests that the Stanley Road Household Waste Recycling Centre would be closed in preparation for the two-storey build.

A report, to go before the council’s North and East Plans Panel on Thursday, details plans for parking, pedestrian routes, a playing pitch, games area and room for an extension to cope with 210 more pupils if needed.

Coun Arif Hussain (Lab, Gipton and Harehills) said: “The local families are struggling as schools are struggling for places in different areas.

“The need is there in the community as every single school is oversubscribed.”

But issues with the state of the land are highlighted in the report, after a ground investigation revealed “serious levels of contamination across the whole site” due to the land’s previous uses.

A report on the land will assess and minimise the risks involved with capping the contamination before the submission of final plans, while any traffic fears would be allayed with a linked parking area off Stanley Road.

The report states: “The proposed new school shows mainly two-storey elements which are forked to reflect the geometry of the site. This in turn creates an attractive courtyard feature and helps efficiently use space.”

The closure of the recycling centre is not expected to impact greatly on recycling rates as the report states the facility accepts lower quantities of waste.

The plans panel will be asked to feedback views on Thursday before a final planning application is submitted.


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