Councillors in Beeston & Holbeck ward have taken the unusual step of writing to local residents alerting them to a controversial planning application.
Residents in the Cross Flatts area bounded by Cross Flatts Park, Beeston Road, Old Lane and Dewsbury Road will receive the letter this week. You can download a copy of the letter here: Former Ice Pack Site – Planning Application – 13.12.13
Aspiring Communities, the group who own the former Ice Pak site on Barkly Road in Beeston, have submitted an application for planning permission for a mixed use development including a sports hall, community facility, commercial catering business and offices.
Details of the plans can be found online at www.leeds.gov.uk/publicaccess using the reference 13/05214. Copies are also available at Beeston Library and at the Leonardo Building, Rossington Street in the city centre.
At a pre-application hearing in June 2013, Councillors on the South and West plans panel criticised elements of the plan and Beeston Community Forum objected to the application on the grounds that the centre would generate additional traffic. It is understood that Aspiring Communities have amended their plans in the light of the feedback and the planning papers include a Transport Assessment undertaken by consultants Amey.
A number of objections have already been lodged, many of them referring to a leaflet distributed by the Beeston Campaign For Affordable Homes. The leaflet gave no contact details, but it emerged at a recent meeting of the Beeston Community Forum that the leaflet was produced by Forum member Bill Birch, a former Conservative Party candidate.
In their letter Councillors David Congreve, Angela Gabriel and Adam Ogilvie alert residents to the planning process and how they can lodge letters of support or objections. Anonymous comments will not be considered and comments are published on the internet along with all documents relating to the planning application.