Ballroom Blitz

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Re: Ballroom Blitz

Postby mhoulden » Fri 29 Jul, 2016 8:58 pm

The planning application for change of use (which the YEP hinted at without bothering to provide any links) is at https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/onlin ... Y1JJBJNK00. In the list of documents the most interesting one is probably the Design and Heritage Statement which includes photos of what the place looks like now and what they plan to do with it.
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Re: Ballroom Blitz

Postby Leodian » Fri 29 Jul, 2016 9:38 pm

mhoulden wroteColonThe planning application for change of use (which the YEP hinted at without bothering to provide any links) is at https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/onlin ... Y1JJBJNK00. In the list of documents the most interesting one is probably the Design and Heritage Statement which includes photos of what the place looks like now and what they plan to do with it.


Thanks for that link mhoulden :).

I notice that in the 'Site Notice and Advert' dated 22 July 2016 it states "The notice was posted on : 5 August 2016". That must be what is known as forward planning! ;).
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Re: Ballroom Blitz

Postby Wiljoy » Sat 30 Jul, 2016 12:34 pm

My most memorable moment at the Scala Ballroom was seeing Sonny Binnick & Sally Brock giving an exhibition of ballroom dancing,they were the current World Champions at the time,..that was in the early 1950s
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Re: Ballroom Blitz

Postby volvojack » Sat 30 Jul, 2016 1:18 pm

I would like to think that after John Peters (Furniture) vacated the premises the incoming tenant would not want to get involved in a costly removal of the old lift which went from ground floor to the top floor plus the beautiful marble staircase which is not only a show piece but wold be costly to replace. I would like to think that both are still there.
Lets hope so.

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Re: Ballroom Blitz

Postby mark1978 » Mon 30 Jan, 2017 12:45 pm

mhoulden wroteColonThe planning application for change of use (which the YEP hinted at without bothering to provide any links) is at https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/onlin ... Y1JJBJNK00. In the list of documents the most interesting one is probably the Design and Heritage Statement which includes photos of what the place looks like now and what they plan to do with it.

The Design and Heritage statement doesn't have a lot of clues about the old ballroom - just the ground floor (ex shops / cinema auditorium) and first floor (store room for the shops - presumably added in as a mezzanine level across the cinema auditorium).

However, the floor plans of the second floor ('level 3') do have some tantalising details that suggest the ballroom is still intact and will remain so after the refurb. Basically it appears to be a large empty space with a stage at one end. The proposed plan states 'NO WORKS TO THIS LEVEL', although there is a suggestion that the toilets at one end may be 'retained as a heritage asset'.

So someone has clearly been up there as part of this whole process - wish they'd let us see the photos!
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Re: Ballroom Blitz

Postby mark1978 » Mon 30 Jan, 2017 2:05 pm

And here's a picture of the 'tea room' at the Scala from Leodis - from the original brochure I think. Presumably this is the same space that was subsequently the ballroom:

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Re: Ballroom Blitz

Postby mark1978 » Mon 30 Jan, 2017 7:42 pm

Ah - the good news is that someone on Facebook is highly persuasive and has managed to get inside and confirm that the rumours of a dusty forgotten ballroom are indeed true:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_ ... 6149215757

The bad news? It's going to be converted into an EasyHotel. What that means for the ballroom isn't clear...
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Re: Ballroom Blitz

Postby tyke bhoy » Tue 31 Jan, 2017 8:41 am

I should probably Google but it sounds like a budget hotel rather than a 5* establishment that might hold afternoon tea dances and evening balls and thus could utilise a ballroom
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Postby tyke bhoy » Tue 31 Jan, 2017 8:49 am

www.easyhotel.com Given the branding and colour scheme I'd say it's part of the same group as EasyJet and rooms from £15 says its not the sort of chain that would find much use in a ballroom.
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Re: Ballroom Blitz

Postby mark1978 » Tue 31 Jan, 2017 9:08 am

The best hope would seem to be that either (a) it's not included in the lease, like it wasn't for Miss Selfridge or (b) they realise the worth of the space and decide to sublet it to someone who can do something with it.

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