South Leeds residents will this week be able to have their say on plans for a new police headquarters near Leeds United’s Elland Road ground.
West Yorkshire Police plans to develop the site at the former Greyhound Stadium at Elland Road, Beeston, into a new divisional headquarters and custody suite. The site is currently used for matchday parking by Leeds United fans.
A public consultation into the proposals is taking place on Wednesday from 7pm in The Reaney suite (on the first floor of the West Stand). All welcome to attend.
Two competing organisations are currently working on refined proposals for the project. Over the summer these proposals will be evaluated by West Yorkshire Police. Pending Home Office approval, a preferred bidder for the project will be appointed in October, when a planning application will be submitted.
A police spokesperson said:
“We are now in a position to share elements of the proposed schemes with the community and your views, opinions, thoughts and comments would be most welcome. These will be shared with the bidders, who will ultimately consider them in their final proposals when they are submitted for planning approval. In order to facilitate this we have arranged another event where we would like to meet with you and inform you of our progress to date.”
Households close to the proposed site should have already received letters inviting them to the event, along with the most up-to-date information about the planning process so far.
Councillors have already expressed some concerns about the loss of matchday parking.