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The total area of the 10 natural sites is 85 hectares. Due to the location of the larger sites on the boundary of the South Inner area, accessibility to natural sites is poor with 31% of households within 15 minutes walk of a natural site. This is the lowest proportion of households with access of all the analysis areas. The communities of Beeston, Holbeck, Hunslet, city centre and Belle Isle do not have access within a 15 minute walk time of a natural site, although some of the cemeteries and churchyards in this area do offer small natural areas within their grounds. The average quality score is 3.94 and none of the sites achieve the quality standard. Improving the quality of the existing spaces and new sites in areas of greatest deficiency should be the priority focus.

There are two council indoor leisure facilities; John Charles Centre for Sport and Middleton Leisure Centre. Most households in the area have 15 minute public transport access to all council facilities, the only area outside this is part of Hunslet.

Both sites are in need of substantial refurbishment to satisfy the proposed quality standard.

South Outer

Provision ratio of 1.2 hectares per 1,000 population and quantity of 108.37 hectares of Parks and Gardens. South Outer is one of four areas without a city park within its boundaries. Application of the standards calculates a surplus of 18 hectares.

Access for residents is good, with most residents having access within 15 minutes walk to a park site or multi facility recreation ground. Communities south of West Ardsley and on the edge of Gildersome are not within a 15 minute walk time. The average quality score is 5.8 and 26% of sites achieve the quality standard. The priority should be to raise the quality of the most appropriate and best located sites and consider alternative green space uses to those sites in surplus.

With a ratio of 0.42 hectares per 1,000 population of amenity green space, provision is below the proposed standard. Application of the standard would indicate a deficit of 3 hectares. When this quantitative deficit is examined with the deficiency for Parks and Gardens it combines to a joint surplus of 14.2 hectares. Amenity space is unevenly distributed across the analysis area with Rothwell, Oulton, Drighington and south of East and West Ardsley not within 10 minutes walk.

However, most of these residents (excluding south of West Ardsley) have good access (less than 15 minutes) to Parks and Garden sites which can fulfil the function of amenity green space. The quality average for the area is 5.01 and only 5% of sites achieved the quality standard. The priority should focus on raising the quality of amenity spaces.

South Outer provides 34 children’s and young people’s equipped play facilities at a provision ratio of 1.98 facilities per 1,000 population. Application of the standard calculates that the provision is about right. A total of 82% of households are within 15 minutes of equipped play provision and the distribution is generally good, although the communities of West Ardsley and Western Rothwell are outside the 15 minutes walk time catchment. The current quality of provision has only been assessed on the space which is not necessarily a reflection of the play facility itself.

The average quality of green space sites with fixed play provision is 6.55, indicating that sites with equipped play provision are generally of a higher quality.

Performance against the city average for the quantity of outdoor sports is slightly below at 1.74 hectares per 1,000 population. It has a deficiency in overall outdoor sports provision of 10 hectares. All households are within a 10 minute drive of a council grass playing pitch and bowling green; 20 minutes drive to an athletics track, golf facility and synthetic pitch. The communities of Drighlington, Gildersome, northern and eastern Morley, East Ardsley and Robin Hood have to walk further than 20 minutes to access an outdoor tennis court. Due to the influence of privately operated outdoor sports sites (including Education Leeds) the average quality score performs well at 6.84; this is the highest of all areas. In total 46% of sites achieve the quality standard. Raising the quality of existing sites should be the priority, although some deficiencies appear to exist. Further sports specific demand led research is needed to fully understand the detailed nature of the apparent deficit.

South Outer has the highest number of allotment sites in use (27), covering 22.56 hectares. The area has three disused sites covering 1.46 hectares which could crate up to 51 full size plots in an area with a waiting list of 119 names. The provision ratio of all sites is 0.27 hectares per 1,000 population, which reduces to 0.25 hectares per 1,000 population when only considering sites in use. Both of these standards are above the recommended standard of 0.24 hectares per 1,000 population. Appling the standard results in a 0.82 excess in allotment land. However, given that all plots are in use and there are 119 names on the waiting list, all sites in the area are required. This is one of only two areas in Leeds which meet the standard.

Accessibility of allotments is good with only the residents in Drighlington, eastern Morley, northern Gildersome, south of West Ardsley and eastern Rothwell having to travel further than a 15 minute walk to access existing in use sites. The average quality score for sites is below the city average at 5.01. Only 3% of sites achieve the quality standard. The study highlights the area is deficient in all aspects; the priority should be to bring disused sites back into use, where appropriate and improve the quality of existing sites by tackling security and facilities provision such as a water supply.





There is 4.48 hectares per 1,000 population of natural green space with a surplus of 205 hectares.

Accessibility to natural sites is good, with 85% of households within 15 minutes walk of a natural site. The communities of Drighlington, parts of Gildersome and an area to the south of Morley do not have access within a 15 minute walk time of a natural site. With an average quality score of 4.56 and 5% of sites meeting the quality standard the area is in need of further quality improvements. Improving the quality of the existing spaces should be the priority focus.

There are two council indoor leisure facilities; Morley Leisure Centre and Rothwell Sport and Leisure Centre. It is also important to consider Middleton Leisure Centre in South Inner as for some residents this will be their closest facility. Many households are within 15 minutes public transport access to council sports halls, gyms, swimming pools, indoor tennis and indoor bowls. The only area lacking reasonable access is northern Churwell and that is due to access to public transport.

West Inner

West Inner has the highest provision ratio of parks and gardens (excluding city parks) at 1.88 hectares per 1,000 population, of all ten areas. The area is one of four without a city park. Access for residents is very good, with most residents having access within 15 minutes walk to a park site or multi facility recreation ground. Only part of the community of Upper Armley are outside of the 15 minute catchments. Application of the standard indicates a surplus of 44 hectares, the largest of all 10 areas. However, with an average quality score of 4.72, the lowest score for any area, the priority should be to raise the quality of sites.

The lowest quantity (17.61 hectares) results in one of the lowest ratios (0.35 hectares per 1,000 population) of amenity green space of the ten areas.

Application of the amenity standard would indicate an existing deficit of five hectares.

This quantitative deficit needs to be balanced with the surplus for Parks and Gardens of 44 hectares. Access to amenity space is patchy with a number of residential areas (Stanningley, Rodley, north and eastern Bramley and Upper Armley) outside a 10 minute walk catchment to access amenity space. However, these areas are within a catchment for a park and garden site which can also perform the functions of an amenity space. The quality average for the area is 4.68 which is below the city average for amenity space which is 5.05. Only 4% of sites achieve the quality standard. The priority should focus on raising the quality of amenity spaces.

Of all the areas, West Inner has one of the least number of 0 to 16 year olds (9,883 mid year estimate 2008), although this group does still represent 20% of the area’s total population. The area has the lowest number of children’s and young people’s equipped play facilities (14), 5% of all facilities city wide. The area also has the lowest provision of children’s play area facilities (5) and teen zones (1).

However, the area has about average number of skate parks. Application of the standard calculates that 6 additional facilities could be needed. In total 68% of households are within 15 minutes of equipped play provision, however, the distribution of children’s play areas leaves the communities of Upper Armley and Bramley outside a 15 minute walk time. The current quality of provision has only been assessed on the space which is not necessarily a reflection of the play facility itself. The average quality of green space sites with fixed play provision is 4.63. The priority should focus on improving the quantity and distribution of children’s fixed play areas in the area.

The quantity of outdoor sports is the lowest of all areas with only 68 hectares, resulting in a below average ratio of 1.3 hectares per 1,000 population. It has a deficit in overall outdoor sports provision of 25 hectares. All households are within a 10 minute drive of a council grass playing pitch and bowling green; 20 minutes drive to an athletics track, golf facility and synthetic pitch. The communities of Bramley and Rodley have to walk further than 20 minutes to access an outdoor tennis court.

Due to the influence of privately operated outdoor sports sites (including Education Leeds) the average quality score performs well at 6.27. Here 51% of the sites achieve the quality standard. Raising the quality of existing sites should be the priority, although some deficiencies appear to exist. Further sports specific demand led research needs to be undertaken to fully understand the detailed nature of the apparent deficit.

West Inner has the lowest quantity of allotment sites with only 6 covering 5.3 hectares and with a ratio of 0.11 hectares per 1,000 population. This reduces to 0.1 hectares per 1,000 population when considering only those sites in use. Only one site is disused, and that would provide 12 full plots if brought back into use. The area has a waiting list of 123 names. When the standard is applied to this area it results in a deficit of 8 hectares. Residents in Stanningley and Bramley have to travel further than a 15 minute walk to access existing in use sites. The average quality score for sites in use is one of the highest for all the areas at 5.74. With a waiting list of 123 names, the priority should be to create new sites and improve the quality of existing sites by tackling security and facilities provision such as a water supply.

There is 1.73 hectares per 1,000 population of natural green space with a deficit of 6 hectares.

Accessibility to natural sites is good, with 80% of households within 15 minutes walk of a natural site. The communities of New Wortley and parts of Armley do not have access within a 15 minute walk time of a natural site. With an average quality score of 4.48 and 5% of sites meeting the quality standard there is scope for improvement. Improving the quality of the existing spaces in the areas of greatest deficiency should be the priority focus, such as Dunkirk Hill.

There are two council indoor leisure facilities; Bramley Baths and Armley Sport and Leisure Centre. Many households have 15 minute public transport access to council sports halls, swimming pools, tennis courts and gyms. However, large parts of the area have to travel up to 30 minutes by public transport to access these facilities.

The quality of the two council sites is very different. The new Armley centre boasts modern high quality facilities. Bramley Baths are historic, dating from 1904 and require some quality improvements.

West Outer

West Outer has above average provision ratio (1.12 hectares per 1,000 population) and quantity (80 hectares) of parks and gardens (excluding city parks). West Outer is one of four areas without a city park. Access for residents is very good, with most residents having access within 15 minutes walk to a park site or multi facility recreation ground. However, the priority should be to raise the quality of sites, with an average quality score of 5.95 and only 14% of site achieving the quality standard.

The area has just below average provision ratio (0.42 hectares per 1,000 population) of amenity green space covering 29.54 hectares. Application of the amenity standard would indicate an existing deficit of two hectares. When balanced with the surplus for parks and gardens (which can serve as amenity space) there is a total surplus of 6.27 hectares. Access to amenity space is fair with Farsley, the edges of Pudsey and Rodley outside a 10 minute walk catchment to access amenity space.

However, all residential areas have access to an amenity space or a parks and garden site. The quality average for the area is 4.19, the lowest of all ten areas. In total 9% of amenity spaces achieve the quality standard. The priority should focus on raising the quality of amenity spaces.



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