Armley: Eyesore former Loony Bin joke shop to become takeaway

Loony Bin Armley Town Street
Loony Bin Armley Town Street

The run-down former Loony Bin joke shop in Armley is set to become a hot food takeaway after plans were approved by Leeds City Council.

Applicant Mr P Farzi successfully applied to transform the 19th century building into a takeaway opening from 8am to 11pm.

The plans include internal alterations and the replacement of the decayed shop front with a new aluminium one. 

There will also be a one-bedroom flat above the takeaway, which will have a separate entrance.

A planning officer’s report this week said the Town Street shop had been empty for more than a decade and was in a ‘poor’ condition. It added: “The refurbishment proposals associated with this change of use would help enhance the appearance of the property.”

Approval is subject to conditions to cover highways, opening hours, details of any roller shutters and provision of acoustic insulation.

Leeds City Council bought the dilapidated building in early 2020 for £76,000 and there had been talk about turning it into an information centre for residents. But in October 2020 WLD reported the community facility was not viable and the cash-strapped council were preparing to sell the Victorian building at auction.


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