Developers behind long-running plans to build nine apartments in Pudsey town centre have received planning permission – despite opposition.
Plans include the conversion of first and second floors of the former Factory Outlet showroom on Crawshaw Hill, including proposed two-storey side and roof extensions.
There were ten letters of objection from Pudsey residents and traders, who said the development’s two dedicated parking spots was inadequate, and raised concerns over using free spaces intended for shoppers in the adjoining public car park off Robin Lane.
There were also concerns over loss of privacy, over-development of the site, increased traffic along Manor View and the loss of a retail unit in Pudsey town centre.
Pudsey’s councillors also objected to the application, along with Pudsey and District Civic Society.
But council planners argued that the parking provision was acceptable, given the town centre location of the application. The developer has also agreed to pay £20,000 towards traffic regulation orders to restrict parking on nearby streets.
“The application will bring into use a vacant building, and enhance its appearance by the conversion works and removal of the corrugated metal roof,” a Leeds City Council planning officer’s report concluded.
“The design is sympathetic to the heritage of the building and will enhance the character of the Conservation Area while provided new housing upon a brownfield site within a sustainable location.”
The proposals which were first submitted in October 2020 and revised last March, can be viewed in full here. The ground floor use of the building remains unchanged.
A children’s play centre on the site were approved back in 2016, despite concerns from former Pudsey councillor Josie Jarosz (Lab) over parking and highways safety in the area.