Planning Applications

The website heading “Planning Applications” is no longer in use, as Planning Applications for the Little Woodhouse area are emailed to all members by the Committee, with an invitation to comment. LWCA then responds to Leeds City Council Planning Department and copies in those members who have commented. Alternatively, members may wish to respond directly to Leeds Planning Department also.

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Unfortunately, the Comments section is not currently monitored. If you wish to make a comment or require further information, please contact Deryck Piper in his capacity as Chair of LWCA on 0113 2443760 or by email to

Many Thanks.

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LWCA Membership Information

Little Woodhouse Community Association (LWCA)

Working to improve our neighbourhood for all who live, work and study in the Little Woodhouse Area

Joining LWCA:

Annual subscriptions: Individual £5 Household £8 Business £15


Deryck Piper (chair) 07981 436176

Patrick Hall (membership) 0113 244 9680

Garance Rawinsky (communications)

Barbara Mitchell (treasurer)

Your Information:

We need your information in order to send you notice of meetings and events and to send other information we think may be of interest, e.g. local planning, other groups and local news. This is almost always by email, though occasionally we may hand deliver. We store your information on a passworded computer and will never pass it on to third parties. We usually send emails open copied (cc) to members because we believe this encourages communication between members. This means other recipients can see your email address. If you prefer for this to be hidden please ask for blind copies (bcc), although this means you will not see any follow up emails. At any stage you may tell us you wish to be unsubscribed by replying to any email from us to this effect, or by informing any LWCA committee member (see contacts list).

You can join at any time by asking for this application form or by copying your details on an email to any of the contacts above.

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Little Woodhouse Neighbourhood Forum

The next meeting of the Little Woodhouse Neighbourhood Planning Forum is on Wednesday 24th October, 6pm to 8pm, at Park Dale Hall (near Marlborough Towers), LS1 4PQ. Representatives from Park Lane Campus, City College, will be in attendance to discuss the future of the Park Lane Campus site when the College moves out.

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Little Woodhouse Community Association Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee of Little Woodhouse Community Association (LWCA) will take place on Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, from 6pm to 8pm, at Sycamore House, Woodhouse Square (the new student block).

This meeting (as are all our Committee meetings) is an Open Meeting, therefore any Little Woodhouse Community Association member can attend. This is an opportunity to find out more about what we do and how we do it.

The Agenda for this meeting and the Minutes from the previous meeting will be sent electronically to all LWCA members about a week before the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you on the 13th.

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Little Woodhouse Community Forums 2019

These are the dates for the 4 meetings in 2019, which are held at the Civic Hall, Leeds, from 6pm to 8pm:

Tuesday, 8th January
Tuesday, 9th April
Tuesday, 9th July
Tuesday, 8th October.

Agenda and Minutes are sent electronically to all members of Little Woodhouse Community Association about 2 weeks before the date of the meeting.

These are opportunities to communicate directly with your local Councillor and key representatives from Council departments.

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Summer 2013 – What’s On

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Proposal to add 2 floors to Hanover Place Wesleyan Chapel

History of the Buildingroad


Hanover Place Wesleyan Chapel opened for public worship on Friday the 13th August 1847. It was described by the Leeds Intelligencer as “a neat looking edifice, built of redbrick and stone, from a design by Mr James Simpson, architect, of Trafalgar Street.” It contained seating for 1100 persons, and cost £3,500.

In the second half of the 20th century, the building was acquired by the council and allowed to fall into disrepair. In 1980, the council demolished the top storey of the building. They were accused by Ken Powell of the Victorian Society in Leeds of having broken the law, as they had failed to obtain planning permission prior to carrying out the demolition. A few years later, the ground floor was restored at public expense.

Currently the building is owned by the Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre. It is they who have submitted a planning application to add two additional floors to the building and 10 student flats.

James Simpson, the architectroad

By the time he designed Hanover Place Wesleyan Chapel, James Simpson (1791-1864) had become one of the leading non-conformist architects in the north of England. Chapels by him in the classical style were erected in Barnsley, Bradford, Burnley, Derby, Hull, Keighley, Morley, Newark, Oldham, Rawtenstall, Ripon, Scarborough and Warrington. The most notable of his few Gothic chapels was the demolished Rowlands Methodist Chapel at Summerseat, Bury, Lancashire (1845-7).

In addition to Hanover Place Wesleyan Chapel, Simpson was responsible for a number of other Grade II listed buildings:

    St. Peter’s Street Wesleyan Chapel (1834)
    Oxford Place Wesleyan Chapel (1835)
    Lady Lane Wesleyan Methodist Association Chapel (1840)
    Headingley Wesleyan Chapel (1844-5)
    Morley Central Methodist Church (1862)
    Century Methodist Chapel, St. Saviourgate, York (1839-1840)

The Proposalroad


HS a

Planning application 13/01607/FU is to add first and second floors to provide 10 student flats and accommodation for a caretaker.


  1. The proposed building would be far too high and would set a dangerous precedent for other nearby sites with potential for development.
  2. The proposed building would be out of keeping with the rest of the buildings on Hanover Square. It would detract from the Conservation Area.
  3. Because of its height, the proposed building would dominate the adjacent newly built reproduction terrace on Hanover Square.
  4. The proposed building would have a pitched roof and three storeys, unlike the original building, which had a flat roof, and just two storeys. An amended application should be submitted which would restore the building to how it looked before the council demolished the first floor.
  5. The people who attend services are not local people. Most, if not all, come by car and many park on adjacent roads and pavements. There is already inadequate parking provision, without adding 10 students flats and accommodation for a caretaker.
  6. According to Unipol, Little Woodhouse already has the highest student density in the city. The population imbalance causes numerous problems in the area. The application is therefore contrary to UDP policy H15 and Core Strategy Policy H6.
  7. The site is immediately adjacent to Area 4 of the Kirkstall Road Renaissance Framework which states that because of the large amount of housing that in recent years has been built in the area, remaining sites should be redeveloped for a non-residential use.
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to be held at 6pm for 6.30pm on Wednesday, 27th February 2013

at Swarthmore, Woodhouse Square, LS2


  1. Chair’s opening remarks
  2.  Apologies for absence
  3.  Minutes of the 2012 AGM
  4.  Matters arising, not otherwise appearing on the agenda
  5.  Speaker: Ryan Platten, Community Planning Officer, Inner North-West Area, will talk about the Neighbourhood Plan, what it is and how LWCA can contribute to the process
  6. Chair’s Report
  7. Financial Report
  8. Membership report and subscriptions
  9. Election of Committee for 2013
  10. Questions and general discussion
  11.  Any other business
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7pm on Tuesday, 8th January 2013 at Leeds Civic Hall

 Chair: Cllr. Gerry Harper


1.  Welcome from the Chair

2.  Apologies for absence

3.  Minutes of last Forum meeting: 2/10/12

4.  Matters arising

5.  Streetscene, incl. costings for alternative waste collection scheme

6.  Housing, incl. update from Unipol

7.  Police, incl. any issues from 5th November

8.  Planning Applications

9.  Highways: street furniture; paving stones

10. Date of next meeting

11.  A.O.B.


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