Green light for homes on old Leeds pub site

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PLANS for new council homes for older people in east Leeds have been given the go-ahead.

A total of 18 one and two-bedroom flats will be built on the site of the old Squinting Cat pub in Swarcliffe.

Coun Peter Gruen (Lab, Cross Gates and Whinmoor) said: “This is the perfect site for local affordable housing for older people.

“By making homes that older people will want to live in, we can free up larger homes for families.

“This has been a real team effort – I’m glad that work will soon be starting on site to make these plans a reality.”

The Squinting Cat closed a number of years ago and subsequently fell into a state of disrepair.

It became a magnet for anti-social behaviour before being gutted by fire in 2013.