East Leeds: Plan to revive historic landmark is approved

Ledston Hall is one of just a handful of Grade One listed buildings in Leeds.
Ledston Hall is one of just a handful of Grade One listed buildings in Leeds.
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Plans to revive a historic East Leeds landmark have been given the green light by a Leeds City Council planning committee.

The Wheler Foundation has proposed to convert part of the Grade I listed Ledston Hall building into ten homes.

The plans also include the construction of a new energy centre, which will be situated next to the building, in addition to car parking.

Non-residential public space will also be created and a new access road will be created as part of a bid to reinstate historic access to the hall.

Although concerns were raised about car parking and funding of the project, councillors at yesterday’s North and East plans panel said that the scheme would greatly benefit the community.

Councillor Ronald Grahame, who was present at the meeting, described the project as “absolutely beautiful” and emphasised the importance of saving the building.

He said: “The scheme will benefit the community, and this building has got to be saved.

“There are too many pluses associated with this initiative, and it should be looked at as a community asset.”

Representatives for the Wheler Foundation said that the plans will include an adequate amount of car parking for residents, with additional spaces for other vehicles.

The scheme has also been partially funded by the National Lottery, and the charitable trust claimed they had the ability and resources to raise more funds as necessary.

Councillor Grahame urged the council to consider additional funding for the scheme.

English Heritage has also lent its full support to the plans, and has included the site on its ‘at risk’ register for a number of years.

Dating back to the 13th century, the Grade I listed building is held in a charitable trust by the Wheler Foundation, which was set up following the death of its last owner, Granville Wheler, in 2005.

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