Town and district centre regeneration

Town, village and district centres across Leeds play an important role in the life of local communities.

They provide a focus for commercial activity and local services. Many contain important historic buildings that form an important part of an area’s character and identity.

Town and District Centres Regeneration Scheme

The scheme is designed to improve public realm and publicly owned assets, in turn bringing increased business and investor confidence, creating an improved shopping environment for local people and encouraging further regeneration.

Supported by investment by Leeds City Council totalling £10.3 million, the first phase of projects attracted external funding of £6.36 million and delivered improvements to town and district centres across Leeds.

A second phase of projects is now being developed to improve and regenerate the Dewsbury Road corridor, Harehills Lane corridor and the area around Kirkstall Leisure Centre.

For more information please email us

Townscape Heritage Initiative

The Townscape Heritage Initiative is a separate programme focused on restoring historic buildings in disadvantaged and neglected areas of the city. It involves a combination of funding from the council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, providing a subsidy to property owners to restore frontages and bring vacant buildings back into use.

The Armley grant scheme was concluded in September 2016 and the Chapeltown scheme is scheduled to be completed in Autumn 2017. The first scheme at the Lower Kirkgate scheme has been established and more schemes are planned for completion this year.

Lower Kirkgate Townscape Heritage Initiative Training Days

Starting in Autumn 2017 we will be delivering the first set of heritage skills training days that will promote appropriate repairs for buildings of traditional construction both for the long term benefit of the buildings in the project but also more strategically, to promote and educate owners, contractors and built environment professionals. More information can be found in our Events leaflet (PDF 1MB).

Heritage Newsletter

Our Heritage Newletter provides regular updates on our heritage work. View the latest edition (PDF 3MB).




Armley Townscape Heritage Initiative Armley Townscape Heritage Initiative <div class="ExternalClassBFA770A943284FCA9F9B13D39D363CE0"><p>The scheme was launched in April 2009 and, with completion of 2 Branch Road (formerly Mike’s Carpets), concluded in September 2016.</p> <p>A total investment of £2.4m delivered the key project at Mike’s Carpets, 22 target property schemes along Branch Road and Town Street and supported the natural Yorkstone footpath scheme along the central retail zone of Town Street.​​​</p> <p>Please see the related documents below for more information relating to the scheme:</p> <p><a href="/docs/Armley%20grant%20scheme%20plan.pdf"><strong>Armley grant scheme plan</strong></a>​​​​​</p> <p><a href="/docs/Mike%27s%20Carpets%20before%20scheme.jpg">Mike's Carpets before scheme</a></p> <p><a href="/docs/Mike%27s%20Carpets%20after%20scheme.jpg">Mike's Carpets after scheme</a></p> <p><a href="/docs/Mike%27s%20Carpets%20ceremony.jpg">Mike's Carpets Project Ceremony</a></p> <p><a href="/docs/Town%20Street%20booklet%20Part%201.pdf">Town Street Booklet Part 1</a></p> <p><a href="/docs/Town%20Street%20booklet%20Part%202.pdf">Town Street Booklet Part 2</a>​​​</p> <p><a href="/docs/Armley%20Shop%20Front%20Guide%20March%202017.pdf">Armley Shop Front Guide 2017</a>​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></p></div>
Chapeltown Townscape Heritage Initiative, Chapeltown conservation area (opens in a PDF), Chapeltown map (opens as a PDF)Chapeltown Townscape Heritage Initiative<div class="ExternalClassDDA7C7F73C3F4E88B48788F58027E8A2">Chapeltown Townscape Heritage Initiative is helping to preserve and enhance historic properties within the Chapeltown conservation area.  To date it has delivered improvements to 14 commercial properties and has attracted £1.6 million funding to the area. Building owners and tenants can apply for grants, available to help repair buildings and to replace or restore missing historic detail such as shop fronts and sash windows. Chapeltown Heritage Advisory Group meets to oversee progress of the initiative and discuss conservation issues in the area.  ​​</div>
Lower Kirkgate Townscape Heritage Initiative, Lower Kirkgate Newsletter (opens as a PDF)Lower Kirkgate Townscape Heritage Initiative <div class="ExternalClass7067A1CCD1CE45B4A7697C4ABB235C12">Kirkgate is thought to be the oldest street in Leeds and Lower Kirkgate Townscape Heritage Initiative is helping to protect and restore the character of buildings in this part of the city centre. <br><br> Grant funding and private sector contributions could see up to £2.6 million invested in repair, reinstatement and conservation of historic buildings such as the first White Cloth Hall. This Grade II* listed building played an important part in the development of the textile trade in Leeds. Built with donations from merchants and tradesmen, it opened in 1711 as an exchange for buying and selling of white (undyed) cloth.  <br><br> Other buildings in Lower Kirkgate will see repairs to shopfronts, windows and other elements in order to bring them back into use. The quality of the public realm will also be improved through using traditional building materials and techniques. A regular newsletter is available providing updates on progress of the initiative. A stakeholder group meets regularly to discuss and review issues relevant to the project. ​​​​</div>



Heritage Newsletter February 2018 Newsletter February 2018.pdf2739412pdf
Heritage Newsletter July 2017 Newsletter July 2017.pdf2061614pdf
Armley grant scheme plan grant scheme plan.pdf388996pdf
Armley Shop Front Guide March 2017 Shop Front Guide March 2017.pdf383481pdf
90350_LCC_Leaflet_v6 Kirkgate THI Heritage Skills Training Events.pdf1334089pdf
New Briggate Vision leaflet Briggate Vision leaflet.pdf5196064pdf
Mike's Carpets after scheme
Town Street booklet Part 1 Street booklet Part 1.pdf1011428pdf
Town Street booklet Part 2 Street booklet Part 2.pdf1401673pdf

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