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Historic buildings in 2.5m boost

Two areas of Leeds are to share a £2.5m scheme to restore historic buildings.

Leeds City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will invest £1.4m in Armley and £1.1m in Chapeltown.

In Armley the initiative will target buildings on Branch Road and Town Street that are either derelict or in disrepair.

In Chapeltown work will focus on shop fronts on the Chapeltown Road and restoration to Victorian and Edwardian properties in the area.

Council leader Andrew Carter said: "Using historic regeneration as a way to revitalise the economic centre of Armley will benefit business owners."

Fiona Spiers, head of the HLF for Yorkshire and Humber, said: "Historic townscapes and landmarks give areas such as Armley their distinctive character, so we are passionate about helping preserve them for future generations.

"We are also helping local communities to breathe new life into the buildings, ensuring they can play a role in society and laying firm foundations for long term regeneration."

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