The public inquiry to be heard by the Planning Inspectorate into the controversial application by Aspiring Communities for the Ice Pak site on Barkly Road in Beeston is to sit in March 2017.
South Leeds Life understands that the Inspector had proposed a December hearing, but that Leeds City Council asked for a later date, as they are to engage consultants to act as professional witnesses in the inquiry. The hearing is now due to start on 28 March 2017 and last four days.
The plans for a mixed use centre with sports hall, teaching, prayer and community facilities have met with opposition from residents who fear a rise in traffic locally. 2,690 residents have objected by letter or petition. Local groups Beeston Community Forum and Save Our Beeston have submitted objections as have local councillors and Hilary Benn MP.
Aspiring Communities originally submitted their planning application, after a period of community consultation, on 22 October 2014. It was due to be considered by the South & West Plans Panel in August 2015, but was removed from the agenda by planning officers. Aspiring Communities then appealed to the Planning Inspectorate on the grounds of non determination (ie the Council not making a decision on the application).
The decision of the planning inspector, following the inquiry, is final and binding on both sides.
Details of the planning application can be found on the Leeds City Council planning portal here.