Activity zone plans for disused golf course

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Proposals have been put forward to transform a former golf course in South Leeds.

It follows an announcement by Leeds City Council in June 2021 of plans to redevelop 48 hectares of land located on the former site of South Leeds Golf Course into a green haven for visitors and local wildlife.

Included as part of the scheme is the creation of a five-km activity zone, walking trails adjacent to Middleton Park, and new cycle trails.

Also featured is a COVID-19 Memorial Woodland, which will pay tribute to those Leeds residents and frontline workers who lost their lives in the pandemic.

South Leeds Golf Club ceased trading in November 2019.  The lease from Leeds City Council was surrendered by the golf club’s administrators in March 2020.

A public consultation is being held to give people an opportunity to provide feedback on the plans. Views can be submitted online at:

Councillor Salma Arif, Leeds City Council’s executive member for public health and active lifestyles, said: “We’ve worked hard to ensure the initial proposals we’ve put forward for the former South Leeds Golf Course site offer something that is positive and meaningful to visitors in an environment that will also offer a range of green benefits.

“Also included and a major part of the project is the proposal for a new memorial woodland where loved ones can gather, reflect and remember those who have sadly died due to COVID-19.

“We really want to hear what the people of Leeds think. The thoughts of residents are extremely important to us and anyone contributing can be assured every comment will be considered carefully before any final decisions are made.”