University of Leeds plans homes at closed hall of residence

Revised plans for the site of Bodington Hall have been submitted to the University of Leeds.
Revised plans for the site of Bodington Hall have been submitted to the University of Leeds.
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New details have emerged about proposals for the redevelopment of the University of Leeds’s Bodington Hall site.

The university won planning permission last year for the construction of 160 homes on land in Adel occupied by the former student residence.

Now it has submitted a second planning application, this time seeking approval for around 30 homes on a patch of green space and woodland adjoining the main Bodington site.

The proposals will be discussed by a Leeds City Council plans panel tomorrow. (Jan 31)

And a report compiled by local authority officers for councillors on the panel recommends the application be given the green light, subject to a number of conditions.

They include making sure 15 per cent of the new homes can be classed as “affordable housing”.

A contribution of £22,500 is also requested towards the cost of a crossing on the A6120 outer ring road.

The report says the Bodington scheme would help deliver “housing targets” for Leeds.

It goes on: “The proposal would create areas of public open space including informal paths through the woodland which is currently private.”

More than 1,000 students at a time lived at Bodington before its closure last year.

University chiefs said it had suffered a decline in popularity because of its distance from their main campus.

Buildings on the site, off Otley Road, are due to be demolished to make way for the homes that were given planning permission last June.

They got the go-ahead despite objections that the scheme involved too many properties.

Concerns were also voiced about the local public transport infrastructure’s ability to cope with the impact of the development.

l Bodington Hall opened in the 1960s and was named after Sir Nathan Bodington, vice chancellor of the university between 1904 and 1911.