Decision time looms for controversial Leeds pub plan

Opinions are divided in East Leeds over plans to turn a doctor's surgery and pharmacy into a Wetherspoons pub. The company has applied to open a new bar with extensions and an outdoor seating area between 39-41 Austhorpe Road in Crossgates. Image: Harrison Ince Architects
Opinions are divided in East Leeds over plans to turn a doctor's surgery and pharmacy into a Wetherspoons pub. The company has applied to open a new bar with extensions and an outdoor seating area between 39-41 Austhorpe Road in Crossgates. Image: Harrison Ince Architects
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Councillors could be about to call time on controversial plans for a new Wetherspoons pub in Leeds.

JD Wetherspoon’s planning application for the pub on Austhorpe Road in Crossgates is due to be considered by a Leeds City Council committee tomorrow afternoon.

An image of how the pub would look.

An image of how the pub would look.

And a report compiled by council planning officials for the councillors who sit on the committee recommends that the application be refused.

The report says the proposed loading and unloading arrangements for the site – a two-storey building which is vacant except for a dental surgery occupying part of the first floor – would cause “pedestrian and vehicle conflict”.

Austhorpe Road, says the report, is a “busy and congested stretch of the highway network and in close proximity to a well-used bus shelter”.

The report reveals that more than 350 letters objecting to the application have been submitted to the council.

But it says there have also been more than 125 letters of support. Reasons cited by people in favour of the scheme include the provision of jobs and the role it could play in helping to regenerate the Crossgates area.

The new pub would involve a two-storey extension to the rear of the building as well as the creation of a beer garden.

JD Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We are keen to open a pub in Crossgates.

“The company has an excellent reputation for its pubs in Leeds and the region itself.

“We believe that a Wetherspoon pub will be an asset to Crossgates and hopefully act as a catalyst for further investment in the area.”

JD Wetherspoon opened The Briggate, a pub in nearby Garforth, in March this year.

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