Calls for meeting on Leeds hotel proposal

Residents concerned at plans to build a new hotel complex in Leeds are calling for a public meeting to be held.

Developers want to create a 3,500 sq metre, 115-bedroom Holiday Inn Hotel at Gildersome with up to four storeys, landscaping and car parking, along with a family restaurant and pub on the busy Wakefield Road.

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The new plans also include warehouse space.

However, resident Kathryn Rose, who lives near the site on Wakefield Road, said there were clear concerns about the proposals and claimed a public meeting was needed.

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She said: "The possibility of job creation could also be discussed at the meeting and once all have had their views heard, it would be far easier for everyone concerned to make a balanced decision.

"The people of Gildersome want answers and so I call on the council to give them the opportunity to get these answers."

The restaurant and pub would be managed by Mitchells and Butlers, who already operate other local pubs such as the Toby Carvery in Bruntcliffe and the Harvester White Rose on Wide Lane.

The firm says the proposed development would also create 200 jobs.

Another letter of objection has been received from a Bruntcliffe Road resident, who says there are already plenty of hotels in the area.

The planning proposal says there is both a need for additional tourist accommodation and that the hotel could host over 11,330 visitors per year, which could lead to up to 1.34m generated in the area.

On the issue of transport, the report says the "traffic association" can be adequately accommodated within the surrounding highway network and access arrangements meet current highways standards.

In conclusion, it says that the proposed hotel development will have a "positive impact on the site and will support a permitted business park scheme".

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