The playing field between Victoria Road, Ash Grove and Chestnut Avenue has been used by people of our community for sports since 1906. For a long time it was owned by Leeds Girls' High School, now merged with The Grammar School at Leeds.
In 2007 the Girls' School closed and joined The Grammar School at Leeds in Alwoodley, LS17. Since then, members of the community have been trying to save the playing field (and sports hall and swimming pool on the site, now demolished) for community and school use. We would like to make it into a hub for sport. The Grammar School and their associates have been trying to cover the costs of their relocation to LS17 by getting ‘full value for their land’ by selling the field for housing.
In 2013, after a long battle, including several planning applications and 2 rejected asset of community value applications, the Planning Department gave permission for the site to become housing.
Since planning permission for 24 houses was given, a further planning application to build a 262-bedroom student complex, submitted in October 2015, has been turned down. The developers are taking the council’s decision to Public Inquiry which will start to be heard on 11th October 2016. Even if their appeal fails this is not the end of the story as the developers who bought the site have years in which to keep submitting planning applications, one of which will eventually be accepted seeing as the initial planning permission for housing here has now been granted.