Iconic Leeds college site and birthplace of Pink Floyd hit soon be demolished for 20-storey student block

The former Leeds College of technology building in Woodhouse Lane.
The former Leeds College of technology building in Woodhouse Lane.
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Plans to redevelop one of Leeds’s best known further education sites are set to go before council decision-makers next week.

The Leeds College of Technology site, on Woodhouse Lane, has been closed since the Summer, and could make way for an 20 storey student tower block.

Plans for the site include 465 “bed spaces”, as well as amenity spaces, areas for cycle storage, and two commercial units.

The campus was recently made surplus to requirements for Leeds City College, following the recent opening of its Quarry Hill campus.

A report into the proposals concludes: “By virtue of the combination of the facilities within the student bedrooms and the additional facilities provided within and around the building the living conditions provided for the occupiers would be acceptable.

“The development would have an acceptable impact upon its neighbours and also provide opportunities for local employment during its construction and subsequent use.”

The document also states there are currently around 38,000 university students in the city without access to purpose-built accommodation, and that there is little chance of there being a problem of over-supply, despite the recent increase in city centre student accommodation building applications.

The college was originally built as the Branch College of Engineering and Science during the late 1950s and 60s.

It was renamed Kitson College in 1967, and later Leeds College of Technology. In 2009 the college merged with Thomas Danby College and Park Lane College to form Leeds City College, becoming the third largest further education college in the UK.

The site was also used by rock band Pink Floyd to write their 1967 hit See Emily Play.

As the plans were only for pre-application, a decision was not made on development on the site, and more detailed plans are expected to go before the panel later in the year.