Fire damages derelict Stourton pub

Wakefield Road in Stourton was closed in both directions this morning (7 May 2024) as fire crews battled a blaze at The Queen’s former public house.

The pub has been empty since it closed in 2019 and was already in a poor state of repair with scaffolding erected to prevent a wall collapsing.

The fire, which started in the early hours of the morning, is thought to have broken out in the basement and affected the ground and first floors. Two fire engines attended from Hunslet, along with appliances from Leeds, Stanningley and Killingbeck. No one was injured.

The site is subject to a current planning application which seeks to demolish the building and build a drive-through Starbucks coffee shop. The application was submitted in December 2023, public consultation finished yesterday and a decision is expected soon.

Part of the site is still falls within ‘safeguarding’ for the HS2 (high speed rail) line to Leeds even though this section was cancelled last year. Safeguarded land could be open to compulsory purchase. A decision on whether the land is required for the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail is due this summer.


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