A Grade II-listed former pub, which had become an ‘eyesore’, is in the midst of a £1m redevelopment.
The Royal Oak, in Cross Hills, Kippax, has been empty for more than 18 months but now developers Manor House Farm Construction are converting it into seven apartments, while a shop unit and five other apartments are being built in its grounds.
With history dating back to the 1700s, the pub building will be returned to its original name, ‘Kippax House’, when its renovation is completed in spring.
Developer Christine Ford and her partner acquired the site in May 2012 but building work was delayed through planning – only starting in September last year.
She said: “It’s a beautiful building but it had gone to wrack and ruin and hadn’t worked as a pub for a few years. We always thought there was potential to develop it into apartments.
“There’s a great satisfaction in bringing it to life – it was an eyesore.”
The first phase of construction will see the Royal Oak turned into one and two-bed apartments and a new retail unit with a flat above built next door in the coming months, while a four-apartment annex called Kippax Mews will be built in the old car park by the end of this year.
Coun Keith Wakefield, councillor for Kippax and Methley, said: “It is a shame to lose an old pub but great that we are able to retain such a historic building and retain the character of the village.”