Wednesday, 27 July 2011

More primary school places across the city

Two Leeds primary schools are to be expanded to cope with an expected increase in pupil numbers over the coming years.

Senior councillors today agreed that Wykebeck Primary and Bracken Edge Primary will each have an extra 15 reception places from September 2012 – increasing the total number of roll from 315 to 420.

At the meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board, it was also agreed to change the age range of Carr Manor High School from 11-18 to 4-18 years. This plan will see Carr Manor expand in capacity from 965 to 1175 with an admission number of 30 into reception. A new building will be built on land south of the existing school to house the primary-age classes, which will eventually have a total of 210 primary age pupils. Concerns around traffic were raised during the Carr Manor consultation however these issues will be taken into consideration during the planning process to ensure the safety of children and young people around the school area.

The expansions are necessary to meet the increased demand for places caused by a rising birth rate and an increase in the number of families moving into these areas of the city.

The decisions on Wykebeck, Bracken Edge and Carr Manor were made after a public consultation period and statutory notices were issued. Members of the executive board considered all of the representations made and agreed the proposals to expand all three schools, for the academic year starting in 2012.

The executive board also agreed to start the formal consultation process on two more existing schools, and two brand new schools for the 2013/14 school year. The council will now seek public opinion on the expansion of Rawdon St Peter’s Primary and Morley Newlands Primary, and the possibility of two new schools; one on the site in Beeston, and one on land in Harehills.

In addition, the expansion of Bramley St Peter’s Primary will be consulted on through the annual admissions arrangements, but does not require a statutory process as it already has significant surplus accommodation.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member for children’s services at Leeds City Council, said:
“The increased demand for primary school places means we have to reassess the size of certain schools to ensure there will be places available to every child.

“Before making these decisions we asked for the views of the public to gauge opinion as well as consulting with head teachers and governors at the schools involved. These expansions will ensure that children in these areas of Leeds will have the best possible start to their learning.”

The public consultations on Rawdon St Peter’s and Morley Newlands and the two new schools will take place from September 12 2011 to Oct 21 2011. The earliest the outcome of the consultation could be considered is November 2011.

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New council homes for over 55s completed

Caption: (From left) Cathy Clelland (Chair of WNWhLs), Maggie Stewart (homeowner), Cllr Peter Gruen (executive board member with responsibility for housing), and Eugien Jaruga (Keppmoat Homes)

A lady from west Leeds has just moved into one of a number of new council houses for over 55s which have recently been completed in Wortley.

Leeds City Council has worked in partnership with developer Keepmoat Homes, West North West Homes and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), who have part-funded the venture – to deliver 11 two-bed council properties for the over 55s at Evelyn place in Wortley.

Ms Maggie Stewart moved into the property at Evelyn Place just five weeks ago, and already the place is looking like home. Maggie is also now just getting used to the property’s wide range of energy saving features.

She said:

“The house is beautiful, and I couldn’t have asked for any more. It is fantastic to have a good sized garden for the dogs to play out in.

“I am enjoying decorating and making the place feel like my own home. I have met a couple of my neighbours and they are very friendly and supportive, so I am very pleased.”

The development in Wortley is made up of 10 two-bed houses and one two-bed bungalow.

Evelyn Place is one of three developments which are delivering a total of 25 two-bed houses for the over 55s in West Leeds.

As part of Leeds City Council’s partnership with developer Keepmoat Homes two local lads have been offered apprenticeships on site.

Joe Thrush and Ryan Springer, students from Leeds College of Building, started on site in March and have since had the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills as a result undertaking a variety of roles across the three sites.

Each property features two bedrooms, full gas central heating and an enclosed rear garden with a shed. There is off street parking, and plenty of energy saving features including solar panels and low energy lighting to ensure that the environmental impact of the development and residents running costs are kept to a minimum.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, housing and regeneration said:

“It is very rewarding to see the first development in this group of three sites completed, and to see the two young apprentices gaining valuable work experience.

“As a council we are committed to providing sustainable housing solutions for local people across Leeds. These developments are one such move towards this. It is fantastic to be a part of providing quality new homes during these difficult economic times.

“The key to providing jobs and skills opportunities is to work with developers such as Keepmoat homes who source local people to work on the projects and also work hard to train young apprentices.”

Eugien Jaruga, Director of Partnerships, Keepmoat Limited, said:

“Keepmoat Homes is committed to engaging with local communities wherever it builds. Creating employment opportunities for local people is a fantastic way of doing this, especially given how tough the current job market is.

“Joe and Ryan are both local lads so it is great for them to be part of projects that will deliver real positive change to the area, not to mention the new skills they are learning that will help them in the future.”

Cathy Clelland, chair of West North West Leeds home said:

“This new development is a fantastic addition to west Leeds.

“West North West homes Leeds welcomes the opportunity to manage these new properties and we will maintain the commitment to delivering excellence which has been present in every step of this development.”

Richard Panter, area manager for the Homes and Communities Agency said:

“I am really pleased that our investment of over £1.2million has meant that there will be even more choice for older people in Leeds. I wish Mrs Stewart all the best in her new home.”

Notes to editors:

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England.

Our vision is to create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas.

We achieve this by:

• Understanding the needs and aspirations of people and communities through close working with local authorities on local investment planning
• Enabling local delivery through the channelling of our expertise and investment
• Working effectively with the market, housebuilders, investors and other stakeholders


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