Summer 2013 – What’s On

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Proposal to add 2 floors to Hanover Place Wesleyan Chapel

History of the Buildingroad

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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

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

Objectionsroad

  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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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

to be held at 6pm for 6.30pm on Wednesday, 27th February 2013

at Swarthmore, Woodhouse Square, LS2

AGENDA

  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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LITTLE WOODHOUSE COMMUNITY FORUM 

7pm on Tuesday, 8th January 2013 at Leeds Civic Hall

 Chair: Cllr. Gerry Harper

AGENDA

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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Autumn Steps

A colourful picture
The colourful picture made by Autumn leaves that have gathered on the steps that lead down from Belle Vue Road onto Westfield Road.

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NPT move from Belle Vue to Woodhouse Lane

I received an e-mail from Inspector Ian O’Brien as follows:

I have been informed that the move will take place w/c 6th August, and that the Chief Constable, Sir Norman Bettison, will open the premises on Woodhouse Lane at 10am on the 9th August.

Ian O’Brien,

Inspector,

North West Inner – Hyde Park NPT,

Belle Vue Road Garage,

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Little Woodhouse Community Forum 1900 hrs, Tuesday 3 July 2012 at Civic Hall- All Welcome

LITTLE WOODHOUSE COMMUNITY FORUM

7pm on Tuesday, 3rd July 2012 at Leeds Civic Hall

Chair: Cllr. Gerry Harper

AGENDA

 1.  Welcome from the Chair

2.  Apologies for absence

3.  Minutes of last Forum meeting: 3/4/12

4.  Matters Arising

5.  Streetscene and Enforcement

6.  Housing issues:

(a)  Kendal Carr

(b)  anti-social behaviour in the Burley Road area

7.  Police

8.  Planning Applications

9.  Date of next meeting

10.  A.O.B.

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Multi Million Pound Police Station planned for Elland Road

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Above is an artist’s impression of what the new police station will look like.

At Wednesday evening’s meeting of the Hyde Park and Woodhouse Forum, residents were told by the police that a leaking roof at their Belle Vue Road depot is necessitating their move from the depot to new accommodation provided by Leeds University on the university campus. Apparently, over a number of years, the police have allowed the building to fall into a state of disrepair. and now don’t have any money left to fix it. We were also told that the move will achieve annual savings of over £100,000 per year, though it was never made clear how these savings would be achieved, given that the police own the Belle Vue Road depot, and, we were told, will be renting from the university. We were also told that the proceeds from the sale of the depot will be used to offset the effects of the cuts.

At the same time as we were being told all this, the police were proceeding with plans to create a new multi million pound police station conveniently situated opposite the football ground on Elland Road (pictured above). In a time of cuts, where is the money coming from for this? It would appear that the police do have the money to repair the roof of their Belle Vue Road depot. It’s just that they choose not to.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has published an account of the police’s scheme to build a new police station on Elland Road.

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STOP PRESS – Swarthmore Raising the Roof Event Tomorrow

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Special Meeting of the Hyde Park and Woodhouse Forum

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From left to right in the picture above are, Zahid Butt, Inspector Ian O’Brien, Divisional Commander David Oldroyd, Councillor Gerry Harper and Chris Dickinson. Newly elected councillor Christine Towler was also present at the meeting. The meeting began with an address from Commander Oldroyd.

Commander Oldroyd The depot costs £130,000 per annum to run. We could rent the new building from the university for about £20,000 per annum. Parts of the old building are condemned. The roof leaks. It’s too big for what we need. The majority of it is a huge car park. Our first option was to close it and move to Weetwood or Pudsey. But this wasn’t a practical solution. The clock was ticking with regards to the Environmental Health people and the Fire Brigade. Then we came across the university site which would save us £100,000. We can move everything from Belle Vue Road to the university. We’ve several parking spaces at the rear of the premises. There’ll still be a Starburst Effect as officers leave the new building. I’m not getting into bed with the university.

Sue Thomas There won’t be a Starburst Effect on Kelso Road where I live.

Gentleman Will someone be keeping an eye on the crime rate here after you’ve moved?

Read the full account of the meeting

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