Leeds HMO Lobby
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Studentification in Leeds
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Headingley Carnegie Pavilion
1 Headingley Stadium Headingley community has
an ambivalent relationship with Headingley Stadium.
1.1 On the positive side, the Stadium puts Headingley
on the map. Headingley is known as a sporting venue, not only throughout
the UK, but also throughout the world.
1.2 On the negative side: (a) The Stadium is the
biggest eyesore in the neighbourhood (the Kirkstall Lane frontage
comprises the rear-sides of stands and a metal-clad fence, both
of which function as little more than billboards; the St Michael's
Lane frontage comprises car parks and outsize stands, aggravated
by their sheer white facades, dominating the neighbouring community).*
(b) Match-days have a major impact on local amenity, in terms of
car-parking and anti-social behaviour.
2 Pavilion Structure The proposal for a new Headingley
Carnegie Pavilion (in place of the present Winter Shed) on Kirkstall
Lane goes some way to rectify some of the negative aspects of the
2.1 The design of the new building would be an
asset to the neighbourhood: (a) the scale and design of the building
avoids the aggressive impact of other stands; (b) the entrance adds
a small greenspace to the frontage; (c) the boundary fence is transparent,
and allows for a broader passage by the Stadium.
2.2 The main disadvantage of the present design
is the colour of the facing. (a) Tones of pink/purple are not harmonious,
either with the dominant green, nor with the local environment.
(b) Alternatives might include white panels (cf cricket whites)
or red/brown (cf local brick buildings).
3 Pavilion Function The function of the proposed
Pavilion however reinforces the negative impact of the Stadium -
by aligning it with the main problem affecting Headingley, studentification.
3.1 Due to the expansion of Leeds' two universities,
the Stadium is already surrounded on all sides by residential properties
which have largely been converted to student accommodation. This
not only provides the Stadium with a run-down environment (making
the Stadium and its surroundings extremely unattractive for paying
visitors and a poor advertisement for the City), but it also (more
seriously) profoundly damages the cohesion and sustainability of
the local community. Currently, there are signs that there may be
some alleviation of the problem - the last thing the community needs,
therefore, is anything that would tip the balance back again.
3.2 However, the proposal to use the Pavilion for
teaching accommodation by Leeds Met (together with existing use
of the Carnegie Stand) effectively turns Headingley Stadium into
a third campus of the University. Leeds Met's plans might be to
reduce the numbers of students taught in & around Headingley
(including the Beckett's Park campus) in some degree (from 50% to
45% of their total). But this is at the expense of significant new
provision for over 1,000 students in the heart of the community,
rather than at its edge. "Over 50% of Tourism, Hospitality
& Events students live within convenient walking/cycling distance
of the Pavilion" - already.** The construction of the Pavilion
can only result in an increase in this proportion. The Carnegie
Stand, for instance, has already attracted a new student residence
on St Michael's Lane. The Pavilion development therefore entails
a decrease in the amenity and indeed sustainability of the local
4 Conclusion Despite the positive impact that
it would have on the Kirkstall Lane streetscene, the increased negative
impact of Headingley Stadium on local sustainability far outweighs
any advantage that the Pavilion development might bring. Leeds HMO
Lobby therefore opposes the present Headingley Carnegie Pavilion
*Area Committee, Headingley & Hyde Park NDS, Interim
Appraisal, March 2008
**YCCC, Headingley Carnegie Pavilion: Proposed Development,
Summary Leaflet, March 2008
Leeds HMO Lobby, March 2008
Leeds HMO Lobby