Leeds pub finally set for demolition

The White Bear pub at Tingley.
The White Bear pub at Tingley.
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Bulldozers could soon be on site at a former pub after planners gave approval to knock it down.

Leeds City Council approved a request to demolish the White Bear in Tingley, to make way for a new development.

And work is expected to get under way in the coming weeks.

Morley North councillor Tom Leadley said: “The demolition I believe is imminent.

“I don’t think there’s anybody fighting to retain the building.

“It has been empty for, I think, about five years now.

“At one time there was squatters there, and there’s been various break ins and instances of vandalism.

“The building is beyond economic repair.

“It was built in the 1930s and altered in the 1970s.

“It’s not a historic property. It’s just a heap of junk.”

Planning decision documents state redevelopment must commence within one year of the date demolition is completed, otherwise the site must be restored.

The demolition notice comes after fast food giant McDonalds had a fifth application to build a drive-through restaurant on the land refused last year. It followed a backlash in the community over highways and noise concerns.

Coun Leadley said there were rumours an application for a petrol station and mini Sainsbury’s supermarket could be lodged.

Applicant Simon Conway notified the authority of plans to demolish the former pub and restaurant, on Dewsbury Road, in March.

The form said the site will be “cleared to ground level” for redevelopment. Demolition must take place between 8am and 6pm Mondays to Saturdays.

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