Crackdown on Leeds’ eyesores buildings

The Lord Cardigan pub in Bramley, pictured in 2008.
The Lord Cardigan pub in Bramley, pictured in 2008.
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A project to tackle the city’s worst eyesores has resulted in over half a million pounds worth of improvements.

Leeds City Council’s derelict and nuisance property programme was set up in 2012 to get empty properties blighting communities across the city either improved, demolished or put back into use.

Property and land owners have invested around £525,000 in making interim improvements as a result of intervention by the council, which has also spent £75,000 of its £500,000 allocated budget.

Councillor Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said: “The derelict and nuisance property programme is really paying dividends.

“It’s doing exactly what it set out to do; properties in poor states of repair and neglected land are getting the attention they need, bringing peace of mind to communities fed up with the negative impact they have.

“By taking this targeted, prioritised approach we’ve been able to leverage a significant amount of spend by property and land owners. This is not only excellent value for money from our investment but a clear sign that owners are getting the message loud and clear that they must maintain their properties.”

Sites on the council’s hit list which have benefited from the programme include the site of the Lord Cardigan, a former pub in Bramley, which has now been sold to a developer to build eight family homes.

Also, the Spotted Cow, a former pub in Holbeck, has now been demolished after it became a hotspot for anti-social behaviour when the previous owner went into administration.

The current list of eyesore properties across the city stands at 100.