Over £15 million secured for ambitious Heart of Holbeck proposals: St Matthew’s Community Centre

21 Nov 2023

Over £15 million secured for ambitious Heart of Holbeck proposals


Leeds City Council’s exciting plans for the regeneration of Holbeck have been allocated more than £15 million, as part of the latest round of investment from the government’s Levelling Up Fund.

The ‘Heart of Holbeck’ plans will deliver transformative change through the renewal of the local high street, transformation of the local community centre and the delivery of improvements to traditional terraced homes.

A key strand of the £15.9 million investment is support to local charity Holbeck Together through improvements to St Matthew’s Community Centre where it currently delivers its vital services, and an expansion into the adjoining Old Box Office in partnership with current owner, Leeds Building Society. The regeneration of both sites is set to enable a wide range of new services to be offered, including a gym, cafe, social supermarket, and space for local microbusinesses.

There will also be significant investment into the public realm and local environment, uplifting the look, feel, safety and accessibility of public spaces across central Holbeck. This includes significant investment into local retail centre, cycle and pedestrian infrastructure and renewal of the main community park, Holbeck Moor.

The investment will also help improve housing conditions for around 200 back-to-back homes, addressing their insulation, safety and external appearance, securing financial contributions from landlords to upgrade some of worst private sector housing conditions in Leeds.

Leeds City Council and Holbeck Together will now work with government on a validation process to confirm the funding award.

Councillor Helen Hayden, executive member for sustainable development & infrastructure, said: “This is fantastic news, which will allow the council to work closely with the local community to deliver transformative change across Holbeck, regenerating the neighbourhood, delivering 21st century infrastructure and supporting the delivery of services that are really needed there. 

“There is still work to be done before we can put spades in the ground, but we are committed to working with the government and Holbeck Together to successfully deliver the Heart of Holbeck project.”

Elissa Newman, Chief officer at Holbeck Together, said: “This is such brilliant news for Holbeck and a real testament to great partnership work between the council and Third Sector.  We were so disappointed when our original funding bid was not approved earlier this year, but we have continued to develop our project with business parties across the city and this announcement comes at the perfect time to allow us to plan for further growth in our offer to the community and to improve vital local facilities. This is a game changer for the future of Holbeck.”


Notes to editors.

Leeds City Council awaits further details and confirmation from the government of the projects funding and potential timeline, with final confirmation of the project still pending.

Details of the government announcement can be found here:

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