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Farsley Character Assessment, Leeds

For Leeds City Council

Woodhall was commissioned to prepare a character assessment of the Farsley area, to form the basis of the Farsley Village Design Statement.  In the early nineteenth century, Farsley was a relatively small village, with Rodley to the north and Stanningley to the south.  Due to the expansion of Farsley in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, the boundaries between the settlements are now less distinct.  However, to the north-east and west the rural origins are still evident, which provide an important green setting to Farsley.  The majority of the central area is designated as a conservation area and includes fifteen listed buildings.


The character assessment involved a spatial analysis of the study area, and an analysis of the built form, architectural detailing, and quality of the public realm.  The report also put forward a recommendation for some improvements to the area which included the restoration of the cast-iron street name signs, and repair and reinstatement of the historic floorscape.

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