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Bramley: Part of club car park could become housing

14 November 2019

Plans for houses on part of the site of the former Bramley Liberal Club off Hough Lane have been submitted to Leeds City Council for approval.

The club – now known as The Hollies – is a private members facility set in its own grounds opposite St Peter’s Church, with a large car park consisting of 42 parking bays to the front of the building.

Gavin Duffy is wanting to build two pairs of semi-detached houses in the car park.

The club, whose membership is mainly from the immediate locality, say they are wanting to encourage members to reduce their reliance on cars by encouraging customers to walk and utilise public transport more.

A design and access statement submitted with the proposals says:

“This has a two-fold benefit for the club by increasing sales over the bar and actively discouraging potential drink-driving issues.”

The statement concludes:

“The proposals to use the existing entrance do not create or materially add to problems of safety, environment or efficiency on the highway network.

“The proposals provide for ample off-road parking, including visitor parking, bin and bike stores. “

Each house would have parking spaces for two cars. Accessible parking bays for the club, which is owned partly by The Hollies Sports and Social Club and by Bramley-based GRD Building Contractors Ltd, would be reduced from 42 to 22.

Plans to develop the rear of the club – including the bowling green – with four pairs of semi detached dwellings and one detached dwelling were featured by the Dispatch back in 2015.

The latest plans can be viewed in full and commented upon here.

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Barry tebbs says:

This club is a private club owned by its members and I as a life member am not aware of any members meeting to pass the sale of this land for development.
The sale of the bowling green for development was agreed at a special members meeting, in 2015 and did not give permission for any further sale of club assets.
I shall be taking this issue up with the club committee.