Failed bar in Leeds suburb to be converted into restaurant and flats

The Manor, Chapel Allerton, Leeds

The Manor, Chapel Allerton, Leeds

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A Grade II listed building in Chapel Allerton which housed a pub until October is to be converted into two restaurants and two extra flats.

The Manor, based at Stratford House on Stainbeck Lane, closed down last year because of a “lack of commercial success”.

The building’s owners, who say they are surprised the previous use of the building was not more successful, have now submitted plans to Leeds City Council to alter the building.

The lower floors would be made available for one or two cafes or restaurants, while the commercial space on the first floor would be turned into two new flats.

The property was built in the 19th century as a detached villa-style building, and until October had The Manor using the basement, ground floor and part of the first floor. There are already four existing flats spread over two floors.

The Manor, which took over the site of the city’s Serbian National Welfare Club, was described in a YEP Barfly review last year as “Chapel Allerton’s only real specialist sports bar”.

Our reviewer said: “The Manor delivers neither a homely feel or a stylish, refined offering, but it does offer sports galore and an, if anything, intriguing space.”

In the planning application, developers Oakgate Group said that “minor changes to the building fabric and site” would make the site more attractive “given the lack of success of the previous occupiers”.

A stone boundary wall facing onto Stainbeck Lane, said to provide “a visual screen which gives the building and occupiers very limited exposure to potential passing trade”, will be lowered if the application is successful.

Oakgate said in its application: “In conclusion it is considered that the alterations will make the building a more viable, attractive proposition for potential commercial operators, whilst the additional flats will help serve local demand in this very well established and desirable part of the city.

“The alterations to the building are relatively minor and the applicant is happy to work with the Conservation officer to ensure that all the works are done in way which respects and has minimal effect on the character of the Listed Building.

“Indeed, the enhancement of some of the existing features are likely to be attractive to potential end users of the commercial element, offering the opportunity for a restaurant of character.

“The works will have no detrimental effect on any of the surrounding properties or on the area as a whole and the completed building will add to the offer and vibrancy of Chapel Allerton centre.”