Parking idea floated for former pool site in Leeds

Demolition work at the former Leeds International Pool in 2009.
Demolition work at the former Leeds International Pool in 2009.
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Council bosses have turned once again to the former Leeds International Pool site as a way of easing city centre parking pressures.

Plans have been drawn up by Leeds City Council for the disused eastern section of the site to become a 300-space short stay car park.

Council bosses say the scheme would be a temporary measure while permanent development proposals for the land take shape.

The western section of the former international pool site has been in use as a 24-hour, long stay car park for some time.


Planning documents say the new parking area would only be open between 9.30am and 6pm, with vehicles being limited to five-hour daily stays.

A spokeswoman for the council said today: “Creating a temporary, short stay car park is an efficient use of the land while we consider the longer term redevelopment options for the site.

“This short stay car park will complement the established long stay car parks in the city, available on-street parking and public transport including park and ride options.”

The old swimming pool site stands on Westgate, next to the A58(M) Leeds Inner Ring Road.

Castle Street has been earmarked as the access road for the proposed new car park.

The Leeds International Pool dated back to the 1960s and was regarded as one of Leeds’s least attractive buildings.

Designed by Pontefract architect John Poulson – later jailed for corruption – the pool was famously too narrow for eight-lane Olympic standards.

It closed in October 2007, with the bulldozers moving in two years later.

Plans for a 24-storey residential tower called ‘The Spiracle’ on the site fell victim to the credit crunch.