Leeds today: new houses, new shops, new jobs, rhubarbs and the Blue Peter Ship.

Good morning, Leeds! Crikey, that feels powerful. I’m Sophie and i’m new to the blog so please be gentle with me.

There’s plenty of news on the housing front. The YEP gives us the latest on housing plans for a former school in Pudsey and expects a decision to be made next week.

Good news as the site of the former West Grange Road Social Club is to be converted into family housing as part of a £1.7m regeneration project. The revamp begins next month and our friends over at South Leeds Life have the lowdown.

Plans for a £40m expansion project of a Huddersfield shopping centre could create 900 new jobs. More shops, more jobs – what’s not to love?! Full story on the BBC.

Huzzah! The Radio Leeds pedalo-ing duo have crossed the border into Yorkshire and with “just” 28 miles to go of their epic Liverpool to Leeds pedalo-thon, we can safely say they’re on the home straight. Good work!

According to Dean Freeman, editor of Wakefield’s music fanzine ‘Rhubarb Bomb’, Wakefield and the island of Madagascar have more in common than you might think. Find out exactly what he’s talking about over on Culture Vulture.

The YEP reports that a charity will be set up in honour of Leeds art pioneer, Geraldine Connor. The Geraldine Connor foundation will provide support to young students hoping to break into the world of performing arts and academia. A fundraising gala concert will take at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 31st March. Sounds like a very worthy cause indeed.

A rather brainy, Ilkley-born student led Manchester University to victory in the University Challenge finals where they beat off stiff competition from Pembroke College, Cambridge. The winning team collected their trophy from the Duchess of Cornwall who claims to be the show’s “greatest fan”. Find out more from the Yorkshire Post.

Something for the weekend? #local4lent will be taking place at the Leeds Corn Exchange this Saturday from 10am to 5pm. They’re going all out with live music, foodie and crafty stalls, creative competitions, superhero facepainting, a charity raffle – hell, even the Blue Peter Ship will be making an appearance. Get yourselves down there!

That’s it for now. Thanks for having me – i’ll be back next week – same time, same place. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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