Aspiring Communities’ controversial plans to convert the former Ice Pak factory on Barkly Road in Beeston have been put on hold.
The Trustees of Aspiring Communities, who hope to create a multi-faith centre with sports and community facilities have issued the following statement:
“Having submitted the planning application for our site on Barkly Road, we were awaiting a decision from the Leeds City Council planning department. This was due in April, however after much thought and deliberation we have decided to withdraw our application.
“We have listened to the views and concerns of locals residents and Councillors. We have looked carefully through all the objections lodged with the planners. We will now reconsider our plans and modify them to allay people’s fears.
“We want to encourage as many people to come and use the facilities as possible. We will be holding further consultation in the near future and we want residents to help us shape our plans. We are hoping this will demonstrate our willingness for a compromise and our good faith. Whilst we appreciate, we cannot please everyone, we felt it important to show that we are prepared to listen and take other views into account. Once the amendments have been made, we will resubmit the planning application.”
Ash Mahmood from the group said that issues such as the minaret, the catering business, use of the rear access, the overall capacity of the buildings and car parking were all up for discussion.
David Congreve, Councillor for Beeston & Holbeck ward and a member of the South & West Plans Panel said:
“The application as it stood raised many issues amongst the community. The biggest issue was the amount of traffic it would bring into the area. It was quite unclear how the parking would be accommodated. The local roads are narrow, this is a residential area.
“I am pleased they thought fit to withdraw the application. Common sense has prevailed. I hope that if they resubmit a new application it will be on a much smaller scale.”