Aspiring Communities have prepared new plans for the controversial Ice Pak site on Barkly Road in Beeston and are holding two events to share their plans with local residents.
The group’s original plans submitted for planning permission were withdrawn in March this year after hundreds of objections were lodged. The group have now scaled back their plans to focus on the sports hall with prayer and meeting rooms. The catering facility, community offices and minaret have all been dropped in favour of extra car parking spaces.
Ash Mahmood from Aspiring Communities said:
“Residents complained that the scheme was too big, that there was not enough parking and there were concerns about using the rear entrance. We have listened and we hope residents will come and find out about our updated proposals.
“We have always wanted our building to be used by the community, so we want to hear people’s ideas for events and activities.”
On Wednesday 17 September 2014 Aspiring Communities will host a drop-in session on site at Barkly Road from 2-7pm. Residents will be able to see the detailed plans for the buildings and chat to members of the group. Light refreshments will be provided.
On Thursday 18 September the group will hold a more formal meeting which will include a presentation of the revised plans with a chance to ask questions and discuss the project. This meeting will be held at Beeston Parish Centre (St Mary’s) on Town Street, Beeston at 7:30pm.