Photo: Mark Stevenson

West Leeds: All the land and buildings Leeds City Council wants rid of

3 January 2020

Words: Local Democracy Reporter Richard Beecham

Additional reporting: John Baron

Leeds City Council is expecting to raise around £95million over the next three years by selling dozens of its buildings.

The authority’s decision-making executive board is set to meet next week to discuss a list of “surplus” sites across the district for  “disposal” over the coming years to help boost council coffers.

As part of the plans, a provisional list has been compiled of all council-owned sites the authority hopes to sell in the coming years.

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Housing plans: Kirkstall District Centre. Photo: Google

Notable sites in West Leeds include the Kirkstall District Centre site, which is currently the centre of a controversial planning application for more than 260 homes.

The site is earmarked for disposal between 2020/2021 – despite council chiefs rubberstamping the sale of the land to developers Artisan back in December 2018.

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Plans: Abbey Mills in Kirkstall. Image: Kirkstall Valley Development Trust

Historic Abbey Mills, which is the subject of a proposed community takeover by the Kirkstall Valley Development Trust, is to be sold some time in 2021/22, according to the report.

Nearby St Ann’s Mills is also earmarked in the provisional list for sale during 2022/23.

And the site of the former Burley Willows Care Home off Burley Road, which was closed due to council cutbacks several years ago, is to be sold during 2024/25, according to the report.

Council officers claim the sales would only be for “surplus” sites, and would allow the authority to continue to provide certain services. The report stated:

“Realising capital receipts from the disposal of surplus property assets provides an essential source of capital to contribute towards the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy and funding of Council priorities and services.”


It added: “The success of the programme depends on the performance of purchasers and is highly sensitive to economic conditions. “

We have included all of the sites from across the city below, with sites in West Leeds highlighted in bold.

2019/20 Completed

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Already sold: Armley Grange. Photo: Mark Stevenson

Former Wortley High School, land at Swallow Crescent
– Quarry Hill (Plot 6)
Armley Grange
– York Road Depot (Overage)
– Lisbon Street 34
– Brooklands Avenue, Site B, Seacroft
– Grange Farm (Land)
– Micklefield House Annexe & Caretakers Lodge
Cardigan Road Library, Burley
– Asket Hill Primary, Seacroft
– Seacroft Crescent North, Seacroft
– West Park (Spen Lane)
– Kippax Kabin, Cross Hills, Kippax
– Green Road 74, Leeds LS6
– West Park, Post Disposal work

2019/2020 To Complete

– Bramham House, Bramham, Freely Lane
– Leonardo/Thoresby/2 Great George Street Disposals
– Ashfield Works, Otley
– Park Farm, Colton, Leeds
– Rosemont Flats, Bramhope, Breary Lane
– Quarry Hill Playhouse Square (Escrow)
– Swarcliffe Avenue
– St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Primary School – Caretaker’s  House
– Micklefield School, Former, Micklefield
– Buckingham House
– Holt Park District Centre, ASDA

2020/21

– Alwoodley Lane, Alwoodley
– Sovereign Street/Plot B
– Miles Hill Primary School & The Beckhill Approach, Phase 1
– Manorfield HOP, Horsforth
– Middleton Park Complex
Kirkstall District Centre
– Micklefield House , New Rd Side, Rawdon
– Eastmoor School (Former)
– Seacroft Hospital – Access
– Clarence Road, Land at
– Kirkland House, Queensway, Yeadon
– Otley Civic Centre
– Bishop’s Way, Seacroft
– Richmond Hill former leisure centre
– Rathmell Road, Halton Moor, LS15,
– Harehills Park Cottages & Development site.
– Stanks Gardens, Land at, Swarcliffe (former St Gregory’s  School)
– Carr Manor Cottages 1 & 2
– Hark to Rover PH, former, Spen Lane
– Seacroft Crescent (Overage)
– Stonegate Road & King Lane, Land at, 2 pieces of land
Cliff Cottage, next to Cliff House, Western Flatts Park ,off Fawcett Lane
– Park Court
– Well Lane, Land at, Yeadon
– Former Middleton Marauders Clubhouse, Blenkinsop Fields
– Hill Crest 32, land adj, Swillington (Self Build)
Holdforth Place, Wortley
Lea Farm Road, Lea Park Road, Kirkstall (Self Build)
– Land at Elland Road (disposal)
– Kendall Drive, Halton Moor
– Kenneth Street, Land at Holbeck

2021/2022

– Lisbon Street (site of former Leeds International Pool)
– Redhall
– Meadow Lane Development Plot
– Southern Quadrant East Leeds Extension, First Phase
– Miles Hill Primary School & The Beckhill Approach, Phase 2
– Clarence Road, Land at, Second payment
– Matthew Murray High School
– Peckfield Colliery, Plots 4, 5 and 6
– Main Street, Carlton, access to adjoining land
– Colton Road East, land, Colton
– Parkway Close, Seacroft
Burley Road Shops & Car Park
– Throstle Mount, Middleton (Wades)
– Rothwell One Stop Area Office, Marsh Street
– Westerton Walk, Land at, West Ardsley (Extra Care)
– Seacroft Crescent, Land at, LS14 (Former Library Site – Extra Care)
– Brooklands Drive, Seacroft
– Quarry Hill Car Parking Payment
Abbey Mills, Kirkstall Road
– Manor Farm Rise, Middleton
– North Parade Depot, Otley

2022/2023

– Eastgate & Harewood
– Windleford Green, Land at, Holmsley Lane, Woodlesford (Extra Care)
– Holt Park District centre (residential sites)
– White House Lane / Airport, land at (part of North West Leeds Employment Hub)
– Farrar Lane, Land at, Holt Park (Extra Care)
– Oulton Golf Course Disposal
– Middleton Park Avenue, Middleton

2023/2024

– Southern Quadrant East Leeds Extension, Second Phase
– Copperfields College
– Lazencroft Farmhouse (ELOR)
– Sweet Street 38/47 Marshall Street
– Bath Road (site D)
– Clarence Road Industrial Units
St Ann’s Mills, Kirkstall
– Bath Road/Derwent Place (Site B)
– Thornes Farm, Land at

2024/2025

– Middle Quadrant East Leeds Extension
– Bramley Grange Farm
– Sissons Farm, Middleton
– Arena Development Site
– Park Lees site, St Anthony’s Road, Beeston
– East Lodge, Temple Newsam Estate
– Elland Road (Site B Car Park), Leeds
– Easel Site 3, Bellway – Amberton Close
Summerfield Gardens, Rodley (Self Build)
– All Saints Road, Rothwell (Self Build)
– Otley LIDO, Farnley Lane
– Healey Croft Hostel, Westerton Road, Tingley
Burley Willows Care Home
– Seacroft Crescent South

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Helen Kelly says:

I live in Middleton and at the moment there are 3 building sites and another 2 planned and they are not for the benefit of the people of middleton Labour have destroyed harehills and Beeston and are now planning on doing the same here. Council tax is going up under the guise of adult social care well build old people’s bungalows not a problem with that. It’s Labour’s ideals stick their ideals where they live.

B Dixon says:

Read this every day.And I find it very good for all the information you give us. we would be left in the dark if it was not for you. thanks a lot