Leeds nostalgia: Council’s ‘at risk’ register and action plan

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Leeds Council recently published its latest report into buildings at risk from neglect and decay in the city.

The report found there are 100 known buildings at risk, which account for four per cent of the total of listed buildings in the city. The council owns 21 buildings at risk.

The report says: “The council has a strategy to deal with buildings at risk which has assisted with three buildings being removed from the register of buildings at risk.

The report said the council-owned building account for four per cent of the total of listed buildings in the city, adding this is “quite high”.

However, although some buildings have been added, others have been removed. The report goes on to say that “three listed buildings have been refurbished since the last report and are no longer considered to be at risk.” They are West Lodge, Farnley Lane, Otley (former council asset), which has been converted into a house, 1 Church Walk, off Kirkgate, in the city centre, which has onverted to a pub by Leeds Brewery (The Lamb and Flag) and Oakwood Clock, which has been refurbished by a community-led project with a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The report adds: “The city’s stock of listed buildings (2,340 in total) is being re-surveyed to establish an accurate picture of their condition and establish priorities for intervention. It is likely that there is a significant number of listed buildings ‘at risk’ which are not known to the council. the number of council-owned buildings at risk is being reduced by disposal or investment.”

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