Armley: Housing plan for former Upstairs Downstairs site

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

Plans for ten houses have been submitted on the site of a former nightclub in Armley.

Developer Zarina Acquisitions Ltd wants to build the mix of detached, semi and
terraced properties on the site of the former Upstairs Downstairs nightclub – known as ‘UD’.

A design and access statement accompanying the planning appication states:

“The proposed dwellings are oriented towards the proposed access road which runs perpendicular off Armley Ridge Road, providing natural surveillance across the site
from an active frontage. The site is designed with a single point of access which leads to a proposed adoptable access road and then private parking areas off the main access.”

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 Upstairs Downstairs club, which opened in 1975 and closed in 2009.

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.

The latest housing plans can be viewed in full here.


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