Thursday, 20 March 2008

Something fishy happening in East End Park

7 homes in the East End Park area have been purchased by JUMP, property retailers. Planning permission has been sought to make them all into flats. That’s four rents for one home.

The first 4 homes listed are contained in an area that was condemned in 1989 as unfit for human habitation:

31 Temple View Place - back to back – 4 flats
5 East Park Place - back to back – 4 flats
54 Glensdale Street - back to back - 4 bed-sit flats
55 Glensdale Terrace, back to back - 4 bed-sit flats.

2 Ivy Crescent - back to back? – 3 flats
2 Milner Gardens – terrace – 2 bedroom flats
83 Victoria Grove – terrace – 4 flats

Despite planning permission not having been obtained, substantial work has gone ahead on at least two of these properties, 54 Glensdale Street and 55 Glensdale Terrace. Kitchens extended into living room, plus shower in living room. Additional doorway constructed to allow access from bin yard. The dimensions of living space for each person can be imagined. It is assumed that only one person would be living in each room? Families have lived in these houses for years, so it is likely that four persons or even more would have resided in these back to backs, but this would have been within a family unit where some control of environment and consideration for each other could be exercised.

Mr Jason Butler of JUMP properties has procured these homes and applied for planning permission for the conversions using an agent, D Mziray of 375 Dewsbury Road, Wakefield. It is interesting that he got this work done before Planning Permission was granted.

JUMP went into administration in August 2005. Mr Butler had debts put at £4.5m. Former founder, Managing Director and shareholder of JUMP, Jason Butler completed a deal and JUMP’s assets were sold to another company of his, Jazbut plc.

Mr Butler will be appearing at the Regional Enterprise Show, to be held at Leeds United Conference & Exhibition Centre and Millennium Square on 5 & 6 April to relate to other enterprising entrepreneurs how he achieved the success that has made the current expansion of his business possible. Yorkshire Forward and other Government funded agencies will be there along with Inland Revenue and major banks.

A resident of East End Park contacted the Lib Dem Councillors for this area on 13 March to query why these conversions had been carried out without Planning permission. The reply was that an enforcement team would look into the matter. In the last couple of days there have been 3 withdrawals of these Planning Applications. All the rest are still ‘pending consideration’. Two of the withdrawals though are 54 Glensdale Street and 55 Glensdale Terrace, but work has already gone through on both these homes!!!

Comments from anyone reading this or enquiries made to the Council/Planning Office/local Councillors, would be most welcome, as would clarification from the Council as to what is to happen now. Watch this space!!

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

More than 70 homes to be bulldozed in Leeds
07 March 2008
By Staff Copy

More than 70 houses in the Cross Green area of Leeds are to be bulldozed to make way for high-quality affordable housing.

Councillor Ralph Pryke (Lib Dem, Burmantofts and Richmond Hill) has welcomed the plans which are due to be put forward to the city council's Executive Board, paving the way for future affordable housing in Leeds.

The council plans to clear 73 properties in the Cross Green area, acquired by agreement and some by compulsory purchase order. Demolition contractors are already on the site.

The properties are around St Hilda's Grove and Cross Green Grove.

The aim of the plan is to remove obsolete pre-1919 housing, with the costs of purchase and demolition met from £16million worth of funding from central Government.

The cleared sites will then join a pool of council-owned land, approaching some 77 acres, set aside for future affordable housing via the Affordable Housing Strategic Partnership.

Coun Pryke said: "I am pleased to see that the council is moving forward with its commitment to provide much-needed affordable housing for the residents of Leeds. The combined plans should hopefully be able to provide around 280 new houses, hopefully allowing future regeneration of the area, in an effort to lift levels of deprivation.

"It is also good that the council is sticking to its guns on this policy.

"They could have made a quick buck, by selling the land to the private sector, but this would not have returned as many affordable units.

"I think the decision highlights the commitment of the administration to work for the best possible outcome for all communities around our city."