OAP apartments plan for old Leeds orphanage site

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PLANS for a new retirement complex on the site of a former orphanage in Roundhay are set to be considered at a council meeting in Leeds this week.

McCarthy and Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd is seeking to build a four storey block of 41 one and two bedroom apartments along with a residents’ lounge on land off Devonshire Avenue in Roundhay.

The company is seeking permission to demolish a group of existing buildings that originally made up a local authority orphanage known as the Children’s Central Home (Devonshire Hall), which was built at the start of the 20th century.

The plans are set to be discussed at a meeting of Leeds City Council’s north and east plans panel, which will be held at Leeds Civic Hall from 1.30pm on Thursday.

A report to the meeting concludes: “It is considered the proposed development is acceptable in principle as the existing building is not worthy of protection from demolition and the loss of some local office accommodation from the area would not compromise the overall mix of uses still available.

“The proposed replacement building is considered to be well designed, creating an attractive visual presence in the street scene and sits comfortably within its immediate context, which is often a concern for these types of developments.”