An application for planning permission to change the use to allow the sale of cars from a derelict site on Barkly Road in Beeston has been submitted to Leeds City Council this week.
The site has been used to store various items over the years. A previous order from Leeds City Council not to store cars on the site has had to be re-invoked in the last few weeks and the owner, Mr Golam Kadiri, was given 28 days to comply. He has now submitted an application for change of use to allow him to sell cars from the site.
The site at 35 Barkly Road, adjacent to St Anthony’s Primary School, was originally built as the church hall for St Mary’s. The building has deteriorated in recent years and the main roof has been stripped of tiles for several years.
The application makes no mention of refurbishing the building and it is not clear whether this is simply an attempt to get around the enforcement order.
Beeston & Holbeck Councillor Angela Gabriel told South Leeds Life:
“As Councillors we shall be opposing this application. The owners have not been responsible business owners over the years and have not been a good neighbour to St Anthony’s Primary School.”
Stacks of pallets caused fire safety concerns earlier this year, but West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service visited and assessed that they posed no fire risk to school buildings.
You can view the current planning application via the Council website’s Planning Portal here: https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P2DQ6DJBKAG00
Comments supporting or opposing the application can be made until Friday 23 February 2018.