At its meeting on Wednesday (17th July 2013) the Council’s Executive Board is considering a recommendation to demolish South Leeds Sport Centre as part of a report on the Council’s Derelict and Nuisance Property Programme.
The report notes that the option to transfer the Centre to a local community organisation did not proceed and that while alternative uses have been explored no proposal to use the building as a going concern has resulted. It is estimated that refurbishment of the Centre would cost £4.25m and noted that the average annual deficit during the last two years when it was open averaged £326,000. The demolition will cost approximately £340,000.
The report notes the significant demand for new school places in the area and suggests that the site would prove suitable for a primary school development. South Leeds Life has previously reported on plans for a new primary school on the site.
An appendix to the report lists other properties within the programme and the stage reached. The list includes:
- Middleton Arms Site – Has planning permission for a supermarket; monitor for commencement of works.
- Park Lees Adult Education Site (St Anthony’s Drive, Beeston) – Seek alternative development options.
- Malvern Public House, Beeston – Discussions are ongoing with the leaseholder about the proposed sub-letting of the property.
- Doctor’s surgery, 2 Low Grange View, Belle Isle – Enforcement action is underway to resolve the derelict and nuisance issue. Owner has submitted planning applications.
- The Spotted Cow Public House, 86 Top Moor Side, Holbeck, – Enforcement action is ongoing. The Council will work with the owner to explore opportunities for commercial uses and residential development on the site.
- Stank Hall Barn, Dewsbury Road, Beeston – Options are being considered by the Council to determine the most appropriate approach to invest in the property.