Fast food restaurant plan for former Leeds pub gets 300 objections

The White Bear pub at Tingley.
The White Bear pub at Tingley.
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PLANS TO build a new McDonalds Drive-Thru restaurant on the site of a former pub in Leeds have attracted more than 300 objections from local residents.

A Leeds City Council plans panel will debate the proposal for the former White Bear pub, in Tingley, at a meeting tomorrow. A report being presented to councillors on the committee says local objectors have expressed a number of concerns about the plan.

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The objectors have suggested the restaurant would be unsuitable in a non-commercial centre.

The report also says residents have raised concerns about pedestrian safety.

They have even pointed to fears over health – because of the fact that the new fast food restaurant would be close to local schools – and are worried about increased litter.

Objectors are also urging the councillors on the decision-making panel to put an “emphasis on localism”.

They point out that the local community has already fought off four similar proposals in the past.

However a handful of supportive letters quoted in the report say that the plans would boost jobs and that the restaurant plan would be “better than being left derelict”.

Council officers are recommending approval of the plans subject to additional conditions.

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