Leeds City Council Plans department gave the permission for the site to be developed as housing based on legal advice that they might have been taken to court by the developers if they refused.
This permission for housing is despite:
- 5 of the local primary schools in LS6 having very limited space for sport on their premises – 2 have no grass areas for children to play.
- LS6 being a densely populated area with a lack of existing sports facilities. There are no sports pitches which are publicly accessible in Hyde Park and a lack of sports clubs for young people to use.
- Over 1,200 people from the area signed a petition saying that the facilities here should be kept for community and school use in 2008.
- None of the planning applications have demonstrated any form of public support. Hundreds of people voiced their objections to this development including all the heads of the local schools.
- This goes against all points in the government’s 2012 Health and Social Care Act, which places a legal responsibility on local authorities to help people in areas without adequate levels of sports facilities to become healthier.