The South & West Plans panel was due to decide today (6 August 2015) on the controversial Aspiring Communities plan for the Ice Pak site in Beeston. But Planning officers pulled their report from the agenda just 24 hours before the meeting.
The following statement was placed on the Council’s website yesterday:
“Following further internal discussion regarding representations from the applicants a decision has been taken by officers to withdraw the application from this Panel, as prior to consideration of the application by Panel further clarification is required on certain issues. The intention is to report the application to a later Panel, the earliest being 17th September.”
A site visit by panel members went ahead this morning as planned and councillors heard that officers have no concerns about the look of the building; they felt the project would benefit the community; and the closure of the rear entrance would benefit residents compared to its previous use by Ice Pak.
However they still had concerns about the underground parking and traffic issues.
Naz Marouf from Aspiring Communities said:
“We are disappointed there has been yet another delay to the decision on our project, but we will continue to work with Planning officers and hope that they will be able to recommend approval when it finally comes to Panel.”