Meeting over plans to build petrol station on site of former Leeds pub

The White Bear at Tingley.
The White Bear at Tingley.
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Campaigners fighting fresh plans to build a petrol station on the site of a former pub have held a public meeting.

More than 60 residents met in Morley this month to discuss the proposals for the old White Bear pub site in Dewsbury Road, Tingley.

Applegreen Plc last month lodged plans to build a fuel filling station and coffee shop at the site.

The land had previously been the subject of five refused applications, seeking permission to build a McDonald’s restaurant and drive-through.

Residents have now voiced their concerns over the latest proposals.

Coun Wyn Kidger, of Morley Town Council, said the plans would have a “significant negative impact” on residents in the area.

She said: “It is clear that residents are tired at having to constantly battle against proposals that will have a significant negative impact on residential amenity.

“The previously rejected McDonalds takeaway would have had a significant negative impact on the community as will this new application because of highways safety concerns, the potential for anti-social parking, noise and litter.”

Residents agreed to continue to campaign for alternative and “more sensitive” developments at the site.

A planning statement, drawn up by Applegreen, said the proposals would “provide a valuable service for road users.”

It added: “The proposal would also significantly improve the overall appearance of the site by incorporating a high standard sensitive design whilst also protecting local amenity.”

The statement said some 16 full-time jobs would also be created locally.