Frustrated residents are fighting plans that could see a Nando’s restaurant built in the same building as a health centre.
It is the second time that plans have been submitted to Leeds City Council for a Nando’s at the Headingley Medical Centre at St Michael’s Court.
The building is home to the Holly Bank and Burton Croft GP surgeries and a pharmacy.
Coun Martin Hamilton, (Lib Dem, Headingley) said: “I have concerns about the proximity of the site to residents.
“The proposals are for outdoor eating until quite late in the evening, and there is a concern that it will be disruptive to residents.
“We have seen a lot of proposals for bars and restaurants in Headingley and we need to look at the balance in the town centre.
“The other issue is whether it is the most appropriate location.”
Wood Lane resident Sue Griffiths said: “We feel frustrated and are against these plans on the grounds of parking and traffic problems, as well as environmental, litter and noise issues.”
Chris Gilman, on behalf of the owners of St Michael’s Court, said: “Following public consultation and discussions with stakeholder groups including GPs, patient action groups, other occupiers in the building and the community, we have taken on board all feedback and made enhancements to our initial plans.
“A key alteration is that the restaurant is some 20 per cent smaller than originally planned.”
Mr Gilman added that a ‘car park management strategy’ is also underway.
He said: “We received some really positive feedback to the plans, which will represent an investment of around £1 million and 30 jobs.”
Original plans were submitted to the council in 2011 but were later withdrawn.
Comments about the new plans must be submitted to Leeds City Council by August 29.