Neil, Janette and Jonathan – Headingley’s Labour Councillors – are anxious to alert you to a new planning proposal – with implications for the Headingley Conservation area – and also for precious green space.

Neil, Jonathan and Janette on the doorstep in Headingley
Neil, Jonathan and Janette on the doorstep in Headingley

A planning application has been received concerning Ford House in Headingley – that’s the old Rose Court School on Buckingham Road.

The application seeks to demolish the existing school extension and outbuilding and to vacate the original school building, Ford House – which is a listed building. The application then seeks Outline Planning Permission for a new school with a new means of access on the site known as Ford House Gardens.
The site is within the Headingley Conservation Area. The original school building, Ford House is Grade 2 listed.

The proposal raises some initial worries.

There are real concerns about the effects on the existing mature trees around the perimeter of Ford House Garden.

It’s also a matter of special concern that the new building would be sited on land designated as N6 Protected Playing Pitches. Building on the existing playing field would remove a valuable open space which contributes to the local character and distinctiveness of the area. This could harm the character and appearance of this part of the conservation area. The new school building could also therefore adversely affect the setting of the listed building, Ford House.

There have been no prior public consultation or pre-application discussions.

Neil, Janette and Jonathan want to make sure local residents have their say. They’ve written to all those in the immediately affected area.
The Planning Application number is 14/04470/OT – Outline application for means of access and new school at Rose Court Nursery and Pre Prep School, Buckingham Road, Headingley, LS6 1BP.

You can view the plans att Development Enquiry Centre, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington St, Leeds, LS2 8HD, from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday (Wednesday from 10am to 5pm). You will need the application number. Or you can view them online.
If you would like to register your comments on this application, you can write to the Principal Planning Officer at the above address by 5 September. Or register your comments on line.

For more details, click HERE.
Neil, Janette and Jonathan will be keeping a close eye on developments here.
We’ll keep you informed.

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