Simon Sherwood, partner at Mills & Reeve’s Leeds office, has helped bring the first ever dedicated arts venue for one of the UK’s largest housing estates in east Leeds closer to reality. The Seacroft Methodist Church is set to be converted into ChapELFM, a bespoke arts and performance space to benefit residents of all ages and backgrounds.
Sherwood has completed the signing of a 99-year lease for the centre following a period of pro bono counsel, effectively saving the building for community use for the foreseeable future. The lease was signed by partners on 11 June 2013 and gives the green light for the development to get under way.
The ChapELFM centre is the brainchild of community arts organisation Heads Together Productions and will become the home of local community radio station East Leeds FM (ELFM). Covering two floors, the centre is expected to include three studios for creative performance, recording, training and writing, audience seating and a range of other facilities.