Does Headingley Need a Listed Building to be Turned into Another Pub?By Helen • Jan 22nd, 2015 • Category: Community
Pub chain Wetherspoons have purchased the Grade II listed Elinor Lupton Centre on Headingley Lane. Previously a theatre and music centre, the centre has been empty since the old Leeds Girls High school closed.
Furious campaigners in Leeds staged a protest against a bid by JD Witherspoon to turn the Grade II listed building into a pub.
Councillor Neil Walshaw is believed to have said he was disappointed the building’s owners, The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), had chosen to sell the building to the pub chain despite interest from two local social enterprises.
Councillor Walshaw believes another pub in Headingley, in a location close to so many homes, is not what Headingley needs.
It is believed JD Weherspoon’s interest in the Elinor Lupton building dates back to 2007, when the YEP reported fears by police and the community over the pub chain’s desire to buy the site.
The site lies within an area which the council made subject to a cumulative impact policy in 2005, aiming to stop the spread of licensed premises in the area.
It is believed that, a spokesman for JD Witherspoons confirmed it had bought the site and said if approved, the development would be in excess of £1.5m and would employ 50 members of staff.