Go-ahead for homes on green belt college site

Leeds City Council has resolved to grant outline consent for plans to deliver up to 72 homes on a Leeds college campus site, with officers concluding that the proposals would not 'have any greater impact on the openness of the green belt'.

 Leeds City College announced that Horsforth Campus, currently a further education college, would close in July next year. The aim is to bring forward a residential development on the site.

Under the plans, the existing college buildings will be demolished to make way for up to 72 new homes, comprising a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced housing, alongside car parking and landscaping.

The campus sits within green belt land. However, the officer’s report said that the "development would not have any greater impact on the openness of the green belt". It said the applicant’s figures had indicated that the footprint of the proposals was less than the existing structures, and the overall volume of buildings would be reduced.

Planning consultancy WYG helped progress the proposals with the college, establishing a development strategy, key principles, timescales and the scope of the application. It said alternative residential uses of the site, and a potential receipt, would facilitate reinvestment within Leeds city centre at the Printworks and Park Lane campus sites.

WYG said it had promoted the redevelopment of the site 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.

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