New lease of life? Rising Sun pub ‘under offer’

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The Rising Sun pub off Kirkstall Road.

A Grade II Listed former Kirkstall Road pub which has suffered from floods, fire and vandalism could soon have new owners.

The Rising Sun, which closed as a pub in 2009, is on the market for £400,000 through business property specialists Fox Lloyd Jones – and the website now lists the property as ‘under offer’.

As reported by WLD, council planners approved plans in February 2023 to change the upper floors of The Rising Sun to six apartments and altering the ground floor pub area into a coffee bar and lounge – five years after the proposals were first submitted. Planning permission also includes space for 25 cars.

The property listing on Fox Lloyd Jones says the building has potential to be used for alternative uses including, and not limited to, dentist, clinic/beauty, a creative workshop, nursery, restaurant or office accommodation.

It adds: “The building is understood to have been constructed in 1895 as a Joshua Tetley Heritage Inn and is of solid red-brick construction with a pitched slate roof and includes a single-storey extension to the rear with a flat felt roof.

“The building is entirely self-contained with excellent visibility onto Kirkstall Road and has most recently been occupied as a second-hand furniture shop.”

The listing can be found here.

The Rising Sun pub in Kirkstall Road. Photo: Google maps/Google Street View

Building’s history

A Joshua Tetley Heritage Inn built at the turn of the 19th century, The Rising Sun was once a busy pub at the heart of the local community. The Grade II Listed landmark pub closed in 2009.

The Rising Sun was severely damaged by fire in 2013, has suffered from vandalism and drug use and its downstairs was left under several feet of water when the River Aire flooded on Boxing Day 2015.

The pub, which dates back to 1895, reopened as a second-hand furniture shop in 2011.

Plans to de-list the late Victorian pub’s historic internal features and transform the building into six flats were refused by Leeds City Council planners in 2017. Planners said at the time the proposals to remove internal fittings would cause ‘substantial harm to the special character and significance of the listed interiors’.

The Grade II listed building featured on Leeds City Council’s ‘at risk’ list until it was taken off without explanation in 2018 and has also come to the attention of civic watchdog Leeds Civic Trust, who would want to see it brought back into use.

There have been a variety of plans to resurrect the Grade II Listed building over the years, including one – refused by the council in 2017 – to de-list its interior and turn it into apartments.

Check out this video by engineslovetostart Matthew of inside the building, recorded two years ago.

Read more of our ongoing coverage on the future of the Rising Sun Pub here.

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