Fresh bid to protect crumbling historic buildings in Leeds

The First White Cloth Hall is one of 100 'at risk' buildings in Leeds
The First White Cloth Hall is one of 100 'at risk' buildings in Leeds
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A RENEWED drive has been launched to protect crumbling historic buildings in Leeds.

Leeds City Council chiefs say the city’s stock of 2,340 listed buildings is being re-surveyed in a bid to create an accurate picture of their condition.

A report to Thursday’s meeting of Leeds City Council’s joint plans panel reveals there are 100 known buildings at risk in the city, with 21 of those being council-owned.

The report states: “The city’s stock of listed buildings is being re-surveyed to establish an accurate picture of their condition and establish priorities for intervention. It is likely there is a significant number of buildings ‘at risk’ which are not known to the council.

“Currently, resources are being concentrated on five priorities which are highly graded listed buildings ‘at risk’ which will deteriorate rapidly without intervention.

“The number of council-owned buildings at risk is being reduced by a combination of disposal or investment from the council’s maintenance programme and external grant-making bodies.”

The five at risk buildings being treated as priority cases in 2015/16 are the First White Cloth Hall, Kirkgate, Leeds; Temple Mill and Temple Lodge at Holbeck; Stank Hall Barn at Beeston; Hunslet Mill and Thorpe Hall at Thorpe on the Hill.

Council chiefs say three listed buildings have been refurbished since the last report and have been removed from the register after no longer being considered at risk.

They are West Lodge at Farnley Lane, Otley, which has been converted into a house; 1 Church Walk, off Kirkgate in Leeds city centre, which has been converted into the Lamb and Flag pub and the Leeds City Council-owned Oakwood Clock, which has been refurbished by a community-led project.

The report adds that “good progress” is being made towards the refurbishment of several other buildings. The former Highroyds Hospital at Menston and Wharfedale Hospital at Otley are being converted to residential use and a planning application has been submitted to refurbish Mansion Gate at Chapel Allerton.

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