Farm Foods have submitted a planning application to build a new store near the Tommy Wass pub on Dewsbury Road in Beeston.
The application is to demolish the existing Sugar Mill building and build a new single storey building with car parking to the front. Vehicular access to the site would be from Oakhurst Avenue and the plans show how an articulated delivery lorry could turn within the site to avoid backing out.
The application has already drawn objections on the grounds of traffic, given how congested Dewsbury Road already is and the fact that Oakhurst Avenue is a residential street.
In her objection, local resident Suzanne Grace, draws attention to the quality and history of the building being demolished. The art deco office building was built in the 1920s for the Forgrove Machinery company – a Leeds firm that invented wrapping machines for items such as soap and chocolate. She suggests the building should be saved as part of Beeston’s heritage and could be used for small start up businesses.
Other residents point out the numerous other food stores in the area and concerns about traffic pollution.
You can view the application and comment on it via the Planning Portal on the Leeds City Council here: 17/01987/FU. Comments must be made by 12 May.