New Leeds pub plan is dividing opinion

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PLANS for a new Wetherspoons pub are dividing opinion among people in east Leeds.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, JD Wetherspoon has purchased the former Garforth Liberal Club building on Main Street.

Now an application for planning permission for changes to the building has been lodged with Leeds City Council.

Plans for the site include a number of internal alterations as well as the creation of a beer garden.

And the submission of the application has prompted a flurry of responses, both for and against the proposed pub scheme.

One objection made to the council says: “The property concerned is near a residential area and I don’t think the company concerned will consider residents over profit.”

A supporting comment, however, says: “It will bring welcome jobs back into the town and also footfall and spending to the rest of the local shops on Garforth Main Street.”

A design and access statement submitted to the city council on behalf of the pub chain says: “This proposal presents an opportunity to bring a viable, sustainable upgrade to this currently important site within Garforth townscape. The contribution this site makes to the quality of the area can therefore be considerably enhanced by this development.

“The external appearance will be maintained respectfully with all works discussed with the local authorities.

“A separate planning application for signage will be submitted, respecting the building’s appearance and the surrounding area.”

Another document reveals that the pub’s standard hours of opening would be 7am to 12.30am Sunday to Wednesday and 7am to 1.30am Thursday to Saturday.

Council officials yesterday said the application for planning permission was “pending consideration”.