Site: Headingley Primary School
Owner: Leeds City Council
Lessee: Headingley Development Trust
Headingley Development Trust was established in 2005 in response to a threat that Headingley Primary School, built in 1882, might be converted into student flats. The board of directors had to convince Leeds City Council to forgo a substantial capital receipt and this required long and sometimes difficult negotiations.
Ownership was finally transferred to the Trust in 2010 on a 125-year lease. The sale of a community centre nearby formed part of the rationale for the transfer, which was reflected in a lease condition to provide community centre provision for 25 years.