Armley: Green light for housing on former Upstairs Downstairs site

The former upstairs Downstairs site in Armley Ridge Road has already been demolished. Photo: Google

Plans for flats and houses on the site of a demolished nightclub in Armley have been approved by Leeds City Council.

Developer Zarina Acquisitions Ltd has been granted permission to build a mix of four flats and five houses on the site of the popular Upstairs Downstairs club – known as ‘UD’.

The plans have been been revised since the proposals were first submitted in June for ten houses on the site, off Armley Ridge Road.

A planning officer’s report approving the plans this week said the development was situated in a sustainable position.

A video of the former Upstairs Downstairs building, filmed last year prior to demolition.

After the club’s closure, the building stood empty before it became home to Limelight Dance Studio, and in 2016, Little People Nurseries submitted a planning application to turn the former nightclub into a nursery. Those plans were approved in January 2017 but the interested business never moved in.

In October 2018 a fire broke out at the empty Upstairs Downstairs building, which took West Yorkshire Fire Service three hours to get under control. The blaze tore through the former club, which opened in 1975 and closed in 2009.

The building was historically known as ‘Primrose Hall’ and has historical connections with the site of the Conservative Club Bowling Green. The building dated from the 19th century. Planning permission to demolish the building was granted earlier this year.

The plans – and planning permission – can be viewed in full here.


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