Aspiring Communities submit proposals for planning permission

Aspiring Communities have now submitted their revised proposals for a community centre with sports hall and prayer room at the former Ice Pak site on Barkly Road in Beeston.

Architect's drawing of the street frontage on Barkly Road
Architect’s drawing of the street frontage on Barkly Road

As previously reported on South Leeds Life, the group have scaled back their original plans for the site, which they withdrew in the face of widespread opposition earlier this year. The new plans were presented to an angry and divided meeting at Beeston Parish Centre on 18 September. The debate has continued on South Leeds Life with over 100 comments posted.

Aspiring Communities have focussed their plans on a sports hall in the existing factory building, removing the catering facility and minaret and substantially increasing the numbers of parking spaces. Opponents say the centre will attract an unacceptable level of traffic with associated pollution and noise.

The plans are now available for inspection and comment. To view the plans go to the Public Access section of the Leeds City Council website and search for application 14/06007/FU. You can comment on the plans until Thursday 4 December 2014, a decision is expected to made by Councillors on the South & West Plans Panel in January 2015.