Decision details

Community Asset Transfer of St. Matthew's Community Centre to 'Holbeck Together' (Previously known as 'Holbeck Elderly Aid')

Reference: D50459

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Holbeck Together have proposed the transfer of St Mathews Community Centre in Holbeck to them via a Community Asset Transfer.  The freehold will remain with the Council.


The Director of City Development and the Director of Communities and Environment submitted a joint report which sought approval for the Community Asset Transfer of St Matthew’s Community Centre to ‘Holbeck Together’ by way of a 6 year lease alongside an agreement to lease for a longer term period, subject to the future submission and approval of a business plan.



(a)  That the principle of a Community Asset Transfer of St. Matthew’s Community Centre in Holbeck to ‘Holbeck Together’, be agreed, subject to the conditions precedent, as outlined in paragraph 3.4 of the submitted report being satisfied;


(b)  That following the approval of resolution (a) above, a 6 year lease to ‘Holbeck Together’ as an interim proposal, be agreed;


(c)  That the necessary authority be delegated to the Director of City Development to enable the Director to finalise the terms of the lease arrangements to ‘Holbeck Together’ for both the 6 year and longer term lease, as well as the agreement to lease;


(d)  That it be noted that the Chief Officer, Asset Management and Regeneration will be responsible for ensuring that the resolutions arising from the submitted report are implemented;


(e)  That revenue funding to ‘Holbeck Together’ (formerly known as ‘Holbeck Elderly Aid’) of up to £143,747 over a five year period, to be implemented by the Director of Communities and Environment, be approved.

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: Beeston and Holbeck;

Portfolio Holder: Executive Member for Communities

Other reasons / organisations consulted

There has been lengthy dialogue between the Council and Holbeck Together and ward members.  This will continue up to the decision being taken and onwards through delivery.


Executive Member for Communities

Ward Members

Holbeck Together

Contact: Mark Mills, Head of Asset Management 0113 378 7718 Email:

Report author: Mark Mills

Publication date: 16/01/2020

Date of decision: 07/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 07/01/2020 - Executive Board

Effective from: 17/01/2020

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