Burley Street commercial property sale moves step closer

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The council is looking to sell this building on Burley Street. Photo: Google

Council chiefs are set to decide the preferred bidder to buy a council-owned commercial property in Burley Street, according to council documents released this week. 

As previously reported by WLD, Leeds City Council is looking to sell the three-storey building at 18-22 Burley Street which is split into three commercial units, all of which are currently let. 

The property has a guide price of £800,000 and in April the council drew up a shortlist of preferred bidders – although the identity of the interested parties has not been revealed by the local authority.

Offers received for the properties by the council will now be circulated at a private meeting, together with a recommendation to select a bidder.

The council report says: “The site is surplus to Council requirements and no operational reason has been identified to justify its retention. In these circumstances, its disposal represents prudent and economic asset management, obviating holding costs associated with managing the property and therefore supports the best value objective of the Council.

“There is backlog of repairs and by disposing of the property, the Council will avoid the costs as well as any future maintenance responsibility.”

The council has previously said the building has redevelopment potential for purpose-built student accommodation, although Hyde Park and Woodhouse councillors and some local residents are against this, saying the area is already over-saturated.

The building dates back to 1910.

West Leeds Dispatch‘s Cutswatch series has been following proposed council budget cuts and economies here.

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  1. This building contains our local fish & Chip shop. next door was a nice cafe but they closed when the for sale sign went up. There will be no requirement to retain commercial outlets on the ground floor so locals will have even less services .

  2. This is very sad. The chippy and the cafe are a wonderful addition to the area, helping to create a nice little community. Henderson’s, the cafe has a beautiful mural on the side of the building that is even featured in an article for Leeds Living Magazine online. No prizes for guessing what the building is likely to be turned into!


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