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Armley: New housing ‘will significantly regenerate’ site of major fire

Council planners have approved the principle of building up to 13 houses on the former New Western Social Club and sauna site in Armley, which was devastated by fire almost five years ago.

Roxy Bingo Club (Sowerby Bridge) Ltd has successfully applied to Leeds City Council for outline planning – an initial approach to the local authority to establish the parameters of what would be acceptable on a particular site.

Details, such as the number of bedrooms for each unit, were not included and would be subject to a more detailed planning application for the site, on Eyres Avenue.

Council planners this week approved the principle of development on the site, as well as access.

A planning officer’s report concludes:

“This scheme is considered a significant regeneration opportunity that would contribute positively to the regeneration of an inner city site.

“The proposals create a residential use which the local planning authority has no objection to, however careful consideration is needed regarding the existing site constraints including the design, appearance, scale, layout and landscaping, whilst providing a suitable level of amenity for residents.”

The is currently vacant after the buildings that previously occupied the site – including a bingo hall and the Steam Complex sauna – were demolished for safety reasons following a major blaze on the site in 2016.

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Aftermath of the Eyres Avenue blaze in 2016. Photo: Mark Stevenson

You can view the plans here.

WLD first reported the plans for the site in 2019.


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