Guiseley’s Tranmere Park proposed as conservation area

People are being asked for their views on plans to make Tranmere Park, Guiseley, a conservation area.

Opinions are also being sought on what they think about the area and how they feel it could be improved.

The Leeds City Council proposals, if they go ahead, would help protect Tranmere Park’s unique architecture and historical attractions from inappropriate demolition and development.

Under the plans a new conservation area would take in the triangular area between Hawksworth Lane, Thorpe Lane and Bradford Road. This represents the garden village- inspired housing development led by Prior and Appleyard. The area also contains the site of the medieval settlement of Thorpe.

Tranmere Park represents an early suburban speculative development of over 800 houses built between the 1930s and 1980s. The style of houses, details and layout respond to the Arts and Crafts style of architecture and contain references to the Garden Cities movement of Ebenezer Howard.

A conservation area appraisal and management plan will be produced to ensure the special interest of the conservation area is documented.

A public meeting and drop-in session about the proposals will be held on Wednesday 9 January at 6.30pm at Tranmere Park School. The public meeting will begin at 6.30pm when a presentation will be made about the work and people will get the chance to ask questions. A more informal drop-in session will then be held from 7.45pm until 8.45pm. If you would like to attend please call 0113 247 8144.

The draft proposals for Tranmere Park’s conservation area are available online throughout the consultation at: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/conservation-area-appraisals-docs.aspx  

Responses can be emailed to the conservation team at building.conservation@leeds.gov.uk

Copies will also be held at Guiseley Library for public viewing and they can also be requested from the Sustainable Development Unit, Leeds City Council, Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD. The public consultation runs until 31 January 2013.

Notes to editors:Buildings within a conservation area are protected from unauthorised demolition and new developments have to meet higher standards of design than elsewhere. Other planning rules are slightly different and permission from the council is needed for certain activities such as tree felling.

Leeds City Council’s Outer North West area committee, with the support of the ward councillors, has made this work a priority and allocated money from its Well Being Fund to ensure Tranmere Park has up-to-date conservation area protection.


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