New protection for historic Scholes

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Local councillors have welcomed plans to protect the special character of Scholes.

A new conservation area boundary and management plan have been approved for the village after ward councillors gave funding towards the cost of reviewing the boundary.

The new Scholes Conservation Area is the result of fieldwork and analysis of the hamlet and will ensure that the special architectural and historic interest is preserved.

Coun Matthew Robinson (Conservative, Harewood ward) said: “I’m delighted that the Conservation Area has been approved.

“Scholes is an attractive village with a history dating back a thousand years, including the remains of a moated manor house and a number of architecturally distinctive buildings.

“The new boundary and management plan will ensure that this local character is protected.”

Coun Rachael Procter (Conservative, Harewood ward) said: “Unfortunately the area has lost a number of features to new development over the years, and some developments have not been in keeping with the historic character of Scholes.

“This new boundary is necessary to ensure that the distinctive nature of the village is not lost and can be preserved and enhanced in the future.”

Recently villagers managed to get Leeds City Council to change the area to include the popular Coronation Tree landmark after protests.