PROPOSAL: Early plans for 380 homes to be built in east Leeds near former Rugby League headquarters
Early plans for a huge 380-home development in east Leeds are set to go before council planning chiefs next week.
A pre-application to build the homes on land at Red Hall Lane will be presented to Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel, as developers wish to get comments from experts before putting together more detailed proposals.
Red Hall House was formerly home to the corporate office of the Rugby Football League, as well as a number of other buildings used most recently by the council’s parks and countryside service. It, along with other buildings in the area, is grade II listed and so will not form part of the plans.
The pre-application document proposes a so-called “low density” area be built to the east of Red Hall House, while a “medium density” area be created to the west and south. This part of the site would also incorporate the “lodge, farm
house buildings and pigeon cote”.
Within the proposed greenspace between Red Hall Lane and Red Hall House, ideas for a play area, orchard and event space have been put forward. A more open grassed area is proposed in front of Red Hall House, to allow for a “potential informal kickabout area”.
Such a development on the site would form part of the so-called East Leeds Extension – a significant allocation for housing across 233 hectares of mostly undeveloped land around Swarcliffe, Whinmoor and Crossgates. It is hoped that around 5,000 homes will be built in the area over the coming years.
The document stated: “It should be noted that Red Hall House is in separate ownership and does not form part of the proposed application site.”
As the plans are at pre-application stage, members of the panel will be invited to give their opinions, and no decision will be made until a more detailed, formal planning application is submitted in the coming months.
A meeting of Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel will meet to discuss the plans on Thursday, August 8.
Richard Beecham, Local Democracy Reporter
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