2 November 2015
Photo credit: STEN Architecture
WYG planners have secured, for Leeds City College, a resolution to approve an outline planning application for up to 72 homes at its Horsforth Campus. The decision will free up investment in high class educational facilities for the college elsewhere in the city.
Leeds City College had already announced that the campus, currently a further education college, would close in July 2016. Alternative residential use of the green belt site, and a potential receipt, will facilitate reinvestment within Leeds city centre at the Printworks and Park Lane Campus sites.
WYG helped progress the proposals with the college, including pre application discussions with Leeds City Council. Our planners established a development strategy, key principles, timescales, and the scope of the application submission.
Phil Brock, WYG project director on the scheme, said: “Our services have ensured early resolution for the application which will give the college sufficient time to market the site before it vacates.”
Although the site is located within the green belt, it already has a large established ‘footprint’ of development. WYG promoted its redevelopment for residential use within the context of paragraph 89 of the National Planning Policy Framework. This stipulates that redevelopment of a previously developed site in the green belt is not inappropriate subject to the development having no greater impact on the openness of the green belt, and the purpose of including land within it, than the existing development.