113 historic buildings “at risk” in Leeds according to new report

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More than 100 listed buildings in Leeds are deemed to be “at risk”, according to research.

Leeds City Council’s at risk buildings register lists 113 grade I and II listed buildings in the city that are in danger of falling into “neglect and decay”.

Such landmarks as Temple Mill in Holbeck, The First White Cloth Hall in Kirkgate, and Ledston Hall are included in the list.

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A report set to go before the authority’s joint plans panel next week adds that 15 of these buildings are owned by Leeds City Council, and that this is a “disproportionate number”.

Grade I listed Temple Works in Holbeck.Grade I listed Temple Works in Holbeck.
Grade I listed Temple Works in Holbeck. | jpimedia

The report stated: “The 2019 Buildings at Risk Register lists the 113 listed buildings known to be at risk, accounting for 4.4 per cent of the total of listed buildings in the city.

“There has been a net decrease of five Building (sic) at Risk since 2018. However, the number of Buildings at Risk owned by the City Council (15) has not changed.

“Buildings at Risk within the civic estate are more challenging given the constraints on the council budget, but progress has been made with the allocation of nearly £6m over a three-year period towards the repair of council-owned heritage buildings.”

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The report spoke of the so-called “big three” sites on the list – First White Cloth Hall, Victoria and Hunslet Mills, and Temple Works – as having “significant regeneration potential”, and that two of these were currently being refurbished and expected to be completed next year.

It added that regeneration work was also taking place on the Cookridge Hospital, Highroyds Hospital and Chapel Allerton Hospital sites.

The document concluded: “The Council is actively involved with the majority of Buildings at Risk which has resulted in eight listed buildings being repaired and brought back into use since the last report in 2018. Intervention by the Council is being prioritised with a focus on the “Big Three” where significant progress has been made.

“The number of Council-owned Buildings at Risk has largely remained the same as 2018, but disposal of several properties should show a marked reduction by the next report in 2020.”

The report is set to be discussed at the authority’s joint plans panel on Thursday, November 14.