A new lease of life for '˜fragile' historic Leeds house

hopes are high that a crumbling historic house in Chapel Allerton can be saved from ruin, after a renewed planning approval was granted for new homes at the site.

Monday, 25th January 2016, 2:57 pm
Updated Monday, 25th January 2016, 2:59 pm

The 1830s Mansion House, originally known as Gledhow Grove and built for Leeds industrialist John Hines, became part of Chapel Allerton Hospital in the 1920s as a facility for veterans of the First World War. Whilst a number of planning applications have been made for the vacant building, little work has been done on it and it is in an increasingly fragile state.

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Local councillors Eileen Taylor, Mohammed Rafique and Jane Dowson (Labour, Chapel Allerton) have been working to bring the building back into use. The new planning approval - sought after the original permission granted in 2007 lapsed - means that the owner can build three houses and three flats in the existing building and 12 new homes in the surrounding land. Councillor Taylor said: “This is a charming building that needs to be protected. These new plans give the developer a real chance to make a real difference and turn a dilapidated building into great new homes.”