D-Day looms for Middleton Arms Aldi plan

Leeds councillors will on Thursday decide whether to grant planning permission for controversial plans to demolish the historic Middleton Arms pub and replace it with a new Aldi store.

The proposals – which are recommended for refusal by council planning officers – were originally discussed by members of the east plans panel last month. The councillors decided to visit the site before making any decision – and are due to inspect the site on Thursday morning, just hours before the planning meeting starts at 1.30pm in the Civic Hall.

The proposals have split local residents. A recent South Leeds Life poll showed 54% of respondents in favour of the Aldi application, 34% against and the rest ‘not bothered’ either way.

The report to be considered by councillors can be viewed below:[scribd id=70628017 key=key-yignksku44nzez87ooj mode=list]