An area in Leeds that includes the home of Opera North has been added to a list of sites that are most at risk of being lost as a result of “neglect, decay or inappropriate development”.
Historic England has added Leeds Grand Quarter to its Heritage at Risk Register, citing heavy traffic, empty high street shops and loss of architectural details as reasons for its risk status. The area includes the Leeds Grand, home to Opera North.
The area is one of 247 new sites that Historic England has added to its register.
The heritage body has removed 310 “saved” sites from the list in 2019, including the former Moseley School of Art in Birmingham, a Grade II-listed building that has been turned into a community hub.
Historic England has issued £8,467,643 in grants over the past year in an effort to conserve buildings and spaces.
Historic England chief executive Duncan Wilson said: “The message is clear – our heritage needs to be saved and investing in heritage pays.
“It helps to transform the places where we live and work and which we visit, creating successful and distinctive places for us and for future generations to enjoy.
“But there’s more work to do. There are buildings still on the Heritage at Risk Register that can be rescued and can be brought back to beneficial use and generate an income, contributing to the local community and economy.
“These are the homes, shops, offices and cultural places of the future.”
He added: “Historic England’s experience shows that with the right partners, imaginative thinking and robust business planning, we can be confident in finding creative solutions for these complex sites.”