A landmark Leeds church, which has stood empty for more than 30 years, may finally be getting a new lease of life. City councilors are now considering a plan that could see the historic building converted into 175 flats set within two buildings.

The Mount St Mary’s catholic church was built in the Gothic style in the 1850s, largely to serve the city’s growing Irish community, but closed in 1989 as attendances fell and costs mounted.

According to the Yorkshire Post, a report into the current state of the church buildings describes them as being in an “advanced state of dereliction”, adding they are on the council’s register of buildings at risk.

Plans were first tabled to renovate the site in 1994, although they were later withdrawn, and planning applications were approved in 2008 as well as an application to extend the time allowed for development to 2011 – but work never started. Permission for redevelopment of the site ran out in 2014.

The report adds that the principle of development on the site was considered “acceptable” subject to planning conditions and that the applications would have to be referred to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government as a “demolition application of a Grade II* listed building”.

Fraser and Fraser remains fully operational and is here to deal with any queries that local authority empty homes officers may have during this exceptional time. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with business development manager Nick Beetham. We are able to offer all our services remotely and we have secure video conferencing facilities.