Calls for problem Leeds pub to be torn down

RUN DOWN: The derelict Squinting Cat pub in Swarcliffe, which has become a magnet for antisocial behaviour.
RUN DOWN: The derelict Squinting Cat pub in Swarcliffe, which has become a magnet for antisocial behaviour.
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A Leeds problem pub that has become a magnet for antisocial behaviour should be pulled down to make way for a future development.

That is the verdict of a new planning statement drafted by Leeds City Council officials, which says the derelict Squinting Cat pub in Swarcliffe has become a blight on the area.

The plan is designed to give prospective developers a clearer idea of what they can do with the site.

A report to the council’s planning board says that the council owns the land, which it had leased out long-term before the pub closed some years ago.

It adds: “The site has been subject to antisocial behaviour and is also registered on the council’s derelict and nuisance properties list. The council are therefore looking at a joint disposal agreement with the current tenant for the sale of the council’s freehold interest.

“The empty and run down public house is currently having a blighting effect on the area. To arrest any further decline the property needs to be demolished and the site redeveloped.”

The Squinting Cat is the second former trouble spot in the area to be the subject of redevelopment plans this week.

As reported in the YEP earlier this week, The Fellmonger in nearby Seacroft is to be turned into housing after being sold for £100,000.

The notorious pub had its licence revoked in 2011 following a series of violent incidents. They included a mass brawl at a funeral wake and the stabbing of a 26-year-old man by two masked thugs in 2011.