PLANS to turn the former Garforth Liberal Club building into a Wetherspoons pub have been given the green light.
JD Wetherspoon originally submitted a planning application in May last year for work at the Main Street site.
The application was opposed by a number of local residents who had concerns over possible problems with noise and a lack of parking.
There was support from other people in the town, however, with claims that the new pub would help bring back some of the community spirit that was lost when Garforth Liberal Club closed.
And now, after taking into account the arguments for and against, Leeds City Council has granted the scheme full planning permission.
A council report on the decision says: “The proposed pub is appropriately positioned within Garforth town centre and will bring a currently vacant property back into use and generate employment opportunities.”
The report adds: “Bearing in mind the site’s town centre location, the nature of the proposed use and the anticipated evening peaks in demand, the proposal is not considered to adversely impact on [the] highway network.”
JD Wetherspoon’s planning application sought permission for internal and external alterations to create “storage, kitchen, customer and staff facilities” that would include a new beer garden.
Coun Mark Dobson (Lab, Garforth & Swillington) said he and fellow ward member Coun Sarah Field felt the pub would be an “asset” to Main Street.
He also said he was pleased that deliveries would be taking place via Main Street and not residential Coupland Road as a result of discussions carried out during the planning process.