Calls for action over crumbling Leeds mansion

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A historic Leeds mansion and its surrounding woodland is going to ruin because of promised community improvement cash which “never materialised” after a developer went bust.

Concerns have been raised about the state of the mansion house at the Woodlea estate, Meanwood, as well as its surroundings.

The Woodlea estate was built in 1998, on land which previously housed the Meanwood Park Hospital. As part of the community contributions package, the circular pathway and surrounding woodland were to be maintained. However, the developer went into liquidation a few years later.

Local Labour councillor Rebecca Charlwood told a meeting of Leeds City Council that the improvements deal “never materialised” and regular maintenance of the pathways and landscaping of the trees “ceased to happen within only a few years”.

“It’s really not fair on [locals] that they have been left with no lasting solution for well over a decade because of a developer going bust,” she said.

Coun Charlwood and her colleagues are now asking senior councillors to put pressure on the landowner, and make “a concerted effort to try and get a lasting solution for the upkeep of this land”.

Colleague Councillor Sharon Hamilton added the Meanwood mansion is a Grade II listed building, the oldest part of which dates from 1762. “Sitting in the middle of the Woodlea estate, it is a proud reminder of the history of this estate,” she said, urging colleagues to use their powers and “help us bring this house back to its former glory”.

Planning portfolio holder Coun Peter Gruen promised to “personally monitor” the situation.

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