Homes developer eyes former Leeds pub site after battle to save it

The Merry Monk.
The Merry Monk.
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A former Leeds pub could be demolished to make way for nine new homes.

The Merry Monk on Kirkstall Hill closed last year after a community battle to save it.

Now developer RDF Building Limited wants to knock the site down for two semi-detached houses, one detached block of three terrace houses and one another plot of four terraced houses, as well as new access and parking.

This comes after a local campaign group ‘Save the Merry Monk’ won the right last September to get the pub listed as an asset of community value.

Documents released by the developer read: “The proposed development will have a positive impact on local people.

It adds that the site’s use as a pub will “permanently cease” and remove the “antisocial behaviour issues” experienced by some of the surrounding residents.

“The site is untidy at present and is unsightly in the local area.

“The development will ensure that the site will be put to a good and sustainable use and will be maintained for the foreseeable future, with quality housing.”