Homes planned at former Leeds Girls’ HIgh School site

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PLANS to redevelop old buildings and build new homes at the former Leeds Girls’ High School site at Headingley were set to be discussed at a council meeting in Leeds today.

Stonebridge Homes is seeking full planning permission to create 54 apartments and build 40 townhouses at the site off Victoria Road.

The developer wants to retain the entire main school building and convert to create 36 apartments.

Stonebridge Homes also plan to convert listed building Rose Court and create 12 apartments. Another six new-build apartments are planned.

A report to today’s meeting of Leeds City Council’s south and west plans panel states: “Overall the details shown within this full application are considered to result in a well-designed and considered redevelopment of the site.”

Planning applications for the former main school site were first submitted in 2008 and outline planning permission was granted in 2014.

Coun Neil Walshaw (Labour/Headingley), said: “Headingley councillors want to see this site developed. It has been disused for a long time. The high quality of the original school buildings will be preserved. It is development that will add character and value to the area.”

But Sue Buckle, of South Headingley Community Association, said: “What is proposed is over intensive use of the site. I don’t really think much consideration has been given to people living in the area.”

Last April, campaigners lost a seven year battle against plans for new housing and a supermarket on the former Leeds Girls High School’s sports site at a separate location off Victoria Road. Leeds-based Holbeck Land and Chartford Homes won permission to build 24 new houses, a small convenience store and a ‘pocket park’.