Homes planned for historic Leeds hall

Ledston Hall  .
Ledston Hall .
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An historic east Leeds landmark could be set for a new lease of life under proposals submitted to the city council.

The plans would see Ledston Hall being converted into a total of 10 residential properties, including four houses and a number of apartments.

Dating back to the 13th century, the Grade I listed building is held in a charitable trust by the Wheler Foundation, which was set up following the death of its last incumbent, Granville Wheler, in 2005.

Today the majority of the hall is derelict, although four apartments in its south wing are currently occupied.

Planning documents lodged with the council say the Wheler Foundation wants to “maintain and preserve” the building, ideally for public benefit.

A statement submitted by architecture and design firm Purcell on the foundation’s behalf says: “In order for this to be achieved it is necessary to carry out extensive repairs to the hall and provide a new long-term use for the building.”

It also says: “Without major intervention the condition of the hall will continue to deteriorate.”

In addition to the new properties, non-residential public space would be provided for educational activities as well as celebratory or business functions.

An access road would also be created to the north of the hall while external garages to the north east would be demolished.

The plans have won full support from English Heritage, which has included the site on its ‘at risk’ register for a number of years.

Kerry Babington, English Heritage’s inspector of historic buildings and areas, says in a letter to the council that the scheme would bring the building into an “active, long-term sustainable use”.

Purcell’s statement to the council says there is also “a great deal of local interest and support for the restoration of the hall”.