Plan for old Leeds pub set for approval

The Omnibus pub in Middleton.
The Omnibus pub in Middleton.

A plan to transform an old pub in to a “house in multiple occupation” is set for approval.

Developer PCC (Yorkshire) Limited wants to create accommodation with nine bedrooms at the former Omnibus building on Throstle Road North, Middleton – but it is not yet known to the community exactly who would live there.

A range of objections have been submitted, including those opposing a possible negative impact on the area, the site’s closeness to Sharp Lane Primary School and a lack of public consultation.

Leeds City Council’s South and West Plans Panel will meet on Thursday, when the proposal is to be discussed by councillors.

A report for the panel reads: “Concerns [were] raised in relation to proximity of development to local school and threat posed to children from perceived issues associated with the type of tenants housed in such accommodation e.g. Hostel, Halfway House.”

But the report adds that “there is no evidence to suggest that the behaviour of the occupants would be anti-social”.

A previous scheme to change the of use with a total of 15 bedrooms was refused permission and a subsequent appeal was dismissed.

An inspector concluded that it would have not provided occupants with “satisfactory living conditions” and an “acceptable level of amenity” in terms of bedroom sizes and communal spaces, the report reads.

The number of rooms proposed is now nine in total with each being between 19sqm or 25sqm, including en-suite showers and toilets. The site would have two kitchens.

It is recommended in the report that councillors approve the plans at Civic Hall. The meeting starts at 1.30pm.

The applicant declined to comment.

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