The Drysalters pub on the ring road is once again under threat as the developers whose planning application was refused in September have submitted a new application.
Once again the wish to demolish the pub and build a drive through coffee shop. The pub is a valued local facility serving the community of Cottingley Hall estate; mourners attending Cottingley Crematorium and both home and away supporters attending matches at Elland Road.
A campaign group set up to oppose the previous planning application, Save The Salters, has over 2,000 members on its Facebook Group.
Local Councillor Andrew Scopes (Beeston & Holbeck) has already objected to this second application as follows:
“This application has already been considered and rejected with over 100 comments from residents. I find this reapplication inconsiderate of local people who have taken their time to register their objections and demonstrates a lack of local understanding. The main objection was, and still is, the value this premise brings to the community.
“Some of the reasons I object are:
Concern as to the loss of the Public House as a valued community leisure asset for Cottingley Hall, Beeston and Churwell residents (food, drink, live music, parties etc)
Concern as to the loss of the Public House as an important and valued meeting place for families attending / visiting the Crematorium
Concern as to loss of the Public House as a valued community leisure asset for LUFC and football fans, Leeds based and indeed nationwide
Concern from local residents as to encouragement of further increased destination traffic on Ring Road, in case a drive through was built, which many residents say already gives them a very poor environment (air quality, noise, their own ability to travel efficiently)
Already abundance of Coffee outlets within a mile radius.
Not convinced that the new proposed Drive thru might bring any additional local employment opportunities as the pub already employs staff, in fact the pub has a potential to become busier after LUFC promotion.”
The planning application, ref: 20/07519/FU, can be viewed here. Comments, objecting to or supporting the application can be made until Thursday 24 December 2020.
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