Planning chiefs set out concerns over Leeds prayer hall scheme

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Leeds planning chiefs have set out their concerns over controversial plans to turn a former frozen food packaging factory in Beeston into an Islamic prayer hall, sports hub and multi-faith community centre.

A decision on the fate of the site in Barkly Road has had months of delays, leading to the applicants asking a planning inspector to intervene.

The council has received 2,610 ‘batch’ objection letters, including from the ‘Save Our Beeston’ community group, a Facebook forum which now has 3,000-plus members.

There have also been 650 letters of support.

The project had previously been subject to a series of delays, due to key planning decisions being postponed at short notice, prompting the applicant to apply for ‘non-determination’, which will see planning decisions regarding the scheme made by an inspector.

But councillors have today vowed to appeal against the ‘non-determination’, citing their concerns over parking and how the centre will be used.

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