Spotted! Flats plan for Leeds pub site

IMAGE: Nick Brown Architects
IMAGE: Nick Brown Architects
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Plans to build flats on the site of a former pub have been given a cautious welcome.

The derelict Spotted Cow, off Top Moor Side in Holbeck, was demolished at the turn of the year after years of vandalism.

A previous plan for a supermarket on the site was rejected. Proposals for student flats were dropped before being submitted.

Now Leeds-based Nick Brown Architects has drawn up proposals for 14 apartments in what the firm says is “a wonderful opportunity to create a landmark building for the local community”.

According to a planning application submitted to Leeds City Council, the building would have a “forward-looking, sculptural design that embodies the spirit and history of the old building.”


It would have white bricks with perforations within metal cladding to represent spots.

“On close inspection the Spotted Cow will, in fact, be spotted,” the application said.

The developer hopes to incorporate the cow’s head that was salvaged from the sign of the old pub into the new building.

There would be 15 parking spaces, with access from Crosby View along with a small public space next to Top Moor Side.

The plans have won cautious approval from people in the area.

Dennis Kitchen, chair of the Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan, said: “We haven’t seen the actual designs but the idea of housing there isn’t a problem.

“We are just concerned that it will look good within the existing setting. It needs to be in context.”

Fellow Holbeck resident Ian Pickup added: “I think it’s a good idea. I’m just wondering is there going to be an issue with traffic because it fronts onto a roundabout at a busy junction.”

Comments on the plans should be submitted by January 8, with a projected decision date in March.