Historic Ledston Hall to be turned into residential property

Ledston Hall, the 13th century historic landmark in east Leeds, will be converted into a residential property, according to proposals received by Leeds City Council.

According to the submitted plans, the Grade I listed building held in a charitable trust by the Wheler Foundation will be transformed into an estate of 10 residential properties that will include four houses and a number of apartments.

The Wheler Foundation was set up in 2005 after the death Granville Wheler, the last incumbent Ledston Hall.

Ledston Hall, the historic landmark in east Leeds, will be turned into a residential property, with full support from the locals.

Ledston Hall, the historic landmark in east Leeds, will be turned into a residential property, with full support from the locals.

Although four apartments in its south wing are currently occupied, Ledston Hall is largely in a derelict state, which prompted the submission of the plans.

“In order for this to be achieved it is necessary to carry out extensive repairs to the hall and provide a new long-term use for the building,” reads a statement submitted by architecture and design firm Purcell on the foundation. “Without major intervention the condition of the hall will continue to deteriorate.”

The plans also propose the conversion of the estate’s non-residential public space into an area that would cater for events and activities, such as educational, celebratory and business functions. The project would also see the construction of an access road to the north of the hall.

English Heritage has communicated its support for the development of the historic property. In a letter to the council, Kerry Babington, inspector of historic buildings and areas, expressed his organisation’s support, saying that the conversion would bring the building into an “active, long-term sustainable use”.

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