2 Templar Street, LS2 7NU
The Templar is currently on our Pubs in Peril list because of a possible threat of development around the area into a shopping centre/casino complex. We’re concerned that the pub may alter dramatically from its current status as a well-used local with a lot of history and intactness.
Representatives from Leeds CAMRA have met with the planners working for the developers Hammerson’s, and they assure us that there are no plans to demolish the Templar. Indeed, they intend to enhance the area with the pedestrianisation of Templar Street. However, there are no assurances that the interior will not be touched.
The CAMRA book Yorkshire’s Real Heritage Pubs includes this in its description of the Templar:
“The tiled exterior and some quality ‘Tudor’ elements are what remain from a 1927 design scheme for Melbourne brewery by Pontefract architects Garside & Pennington. The chief interest is the back lounge, which was largely unaffected by a re-modelling that opened out the main body of pub in the mid-1980s.”
The Templar forms part of the large proposed shopping development (£700M), the Eastgate/Harewood St. quarter. The recent planning application to alter the amount of floor space for various uses does not directly affect the pub. The proposed John Lewis dept. store and the new casino are to be sited on the West side of Eastgate not near The Templar.
However The Templar has recently been compulsorily purchased by the Council ready to be transferred to the developer Hammerson PLC. The immediate future of the pub is now uncertain as to who will run it and on a longer scale what changes there could be.
CAMRA feel that it is important that The Templar is protected from any alteration or removal of the largely original interior of 1927. Just as important the pub must remain as a traditional community pub and not be converted into a restaurant or wine bar.
CAMRA will continue to campaign to save the interior as well as the exterior of the pub.
Read more about our campaign on the News page.
The Spring Close Tavern
Spring Close St, Ellerby Lane, Cross Green, LEEDS LS9 8RT
There has recently been a new planning application to demolish this pub and re-develop the site with flats (12/04409/FU/E). A decision is currently pending.
The pub has developed into a good traditional neighbourhood local offering locally produced real ales and even offering a small community library following the closure of the Cross Green Library. The closure of this pub would be a genuine loss to the community. Cross Green would also lose yet another pub and a valuable amenity in an area that is already run down and lacking sustainable community facilities.
CAMRA has opposed this application on these grounds
290 Kirkstall Rd., Burley, LEEDS LS4 2DN
This important National Inventory pub, Listed Grade II, has ceased trading and has now become a second-hand furniture shop. The listing status has prevented any alteration or removal of fittings from the building but its future remains very uncertain. We can only hope that eventually the rising Sun will return to being a working pub once again.
8 Tong Rd., Lower Wortley, LEEDS LS12 1HX
Closed and boarded up. Currently for sale. There is some concern over the future of this National Inventory pub.
86 Armley Rd., LEEDS LS12 2EJ
This Regional Inventory entry is currently closed and boarded up. A planning application has already been passed to convert this pub into offices. Work has now started on alterations and the pub has already lost its fine original leaded textured glass windows. The whole of the interior has now been removed. This pub with its fine interior has now been lost permanently.
21 Stocks Hill, Holbeck, LEEDS LS11 9PB
An application has now been passed to convert this pub into flats (12/02355/FU & 12/02354/LI) and work has recently started. The Kings Arms was included on CAMRA's regional Inventory of heritage pubs, but now can be deleted from the "Yorkshire's Real Heritage Pubs" book.
Planning applications can be viewed at -
Planning Services, Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington St, LEEDS LS1 8HD
Leeds CAMRA accepts that pubs are always going to close and for various reasons, drinking habits change, pub styles fall out of fashion or areas become less densely populated with either business or houses.
But what we don’t accept is the closure of pubs for short term monetary gain as with the Summercross in Otley, for here was a pub which appeared to be thriving. The Summercross was a vibrant community pub popular with all ages and well loved by many: witness the number of people signing the petition to keep it open. It supported local musicians, local breweries and local people. The closure of the Summercross is of particular concern as it shows that any pub in a nice location and particularly with a bit of land is not safe from the developers’ bulldozers.
It appears that the battle to save our pub heritage has taken another turn, not only must we say “use or lose it”, now we need to use it and be prepared to fight for it.