Leeds council chiefs defer decision on Hyde Park sports facilities

Sports facilities within red line

Sports facilities within red line

A quick update for anyone following the story of the campaign to block homes being built on the former Leeds Girls High School sports facilities in the Hyde Park area of Leeds:

Leeds City Council’s executive board had been expected to decide today whether to back in principle a call from the city’s director of public health for the facilities on Victoria Rd to be retained for community use.

But that never happened.

The item was withdrawn from the agenda of today’s meeting of the executive following receipt of a letter on the matter from Leeds commercial law firm Walker Morris expressing unspecified “concerns”.

No details of the letter were given.

The item was deferred, meaning that the public health director’s recommendation could now be discussed at a meeting of the senior councillors in the new year – once council officers have had time to digest the contents and implications of the letter, whatever those might be.

Campaigners, who include local councillors and MPs, have been fighting to block developers’ plans to build homes and a convenience store on the former school site.

It’s a privately owned site, so any retention for community use would presumably involve it being purchased by the council at some stage, possibly though a compulsory purchase order.

But there’s a long way to go before we get to that eventuality.

For the background to today’s development, see last week’s story.

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