Leeds City Council has given formal notice that it intends to divert the old cobbled path that runs along the side of the current Cockburn School site.
The diversion of this path was included in the planning permission of the new 3G pitches being built on some of the former South Leeds Golf Club land. However, the closure or diversion of footpaths is governed by separate legislation, which has resulted in the notice and the opportunity for the community to comment or object.
The school wants to divert the path so that the new school boundary including the new pitches can be secure to protect the children.
Objectors want to keep the path, which dates back to Victorian times at least, open as a level access route into Middleton Woods. They say that children could cross the path safely through gates between each part of the Cockburn site.
On its website, Leeds City Council says:
“Leeds City Council has made the Diversion Order because planning permission has been granted for development of a new 3G pitch and tennis courts and associated fencing up to 4.5 metres high for Cockburn School, on the former South Leeds Golf Course, (Planning Ref 22/01376/FU) which require the diversion of part of Leeds Public Footpath No. 207.
“Leeds City Council is satisfied that the Order complies with the following legal grounds and tests laid down in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Section 257, namely that the paths require diversion to allow the development to be carried out in accordance with planning permission and that alternative highways should be provided as replacements for the paths to be stopped up or diverted or that existing highways should be improved.”
A copy of the Order and map will be available to view at Beeston Community Hub & Library, Town Street, LS11 8PN until Wednesday 19 April.
Objections or representations must be made in writing (quoting reference 185298) by Wednesday 19 April 2023 to Legal Services, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR, or emailed to email@example.com. If you wish to discuss your representation you can contact Charlotte Hamer in the Public Rights of Way Section on (0113) 378 8625 between 9am and 4pm, Mondays to Fridays inclusive (excluding bank holidays).
If any objections are made and not withdrawn, the Council will refer the Order to the Department of the Environment for a decision.
You can read the full Notice and Statement of Reasons here.
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