Historic Leeds building repairs order

REPAIRS ORDER: The owners of Mansion Gate House have been told to take action by Leeds City Council.

REPAIRS ORDER: The owners of Mansion Gate House have been told to take action by Leeds City Council.

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The owners of a historic building in Leeds have been handed an improvement notice after concerns the building poses a danger to the public.

Mansion Gate House Ltd, which owns the Mansion House, in Chapeltown, have been ordered by Leeds City Council to make urgent repairs to the dilapidated property to secure it.

The local landmark has fallen into a state of repair due to neglect and vandalism.

Local residents called for action to be taken about the building and now the owners have been handed an enforcement notice to repair and secure the property.

Councillor Eileen Taylor (Lab, Chapel Allerton) said: “Local residents have been approaching us about this for a number of years now and despite pleas to the landowner to take action to secure the building, nothing has happened.

“We have therefore had little choice other than to press for enforcement action.

“It has been such a shame to see this prominent local landmark fall into such a state of disrepair and become a magnet for antisocial behaviour, whereas it was once a building to be proud of.

“I am sure the move will be welcomed by local residents as the work will secure the building and also reduce the opportunity for further vandalism to occur there.”

The Mansion was built as the stately house Gledhow Grove in the 1830s and was part of the original Chapel Allerton Hospital which opened in 1927 and treated soldiers injured in the First World War.

It was later taken over by the Ministry of Health and closed in 1994 when services moved to the site across Harehills Lane. By then the mansion was being used as NHS offices.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust then sold the site and most other buildings were demolished to make way for a housing estate.

Shadwell Lane, Alwoodley. Picture: Google Maps

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