Bargain Booze: Bramley flat plans to be considered by councillors


Retrospective plans for a first floor flat above the former Co-op Chemists in Bramley are to be considered by councillors next week.

Aman Pandit hopes to add a self-contained first floor flat and new side window at 23 Nora Place, Bramley, despite objections from six local people. Building work had already started on the site before being halted by the council and local residents are concerned about a negative impact on the area and highway safety.

The building was the subject of major local concern last year when Mr Pandit successfully applied for a licence to sell alcohol at a proposed new Bargain Booze shop underneath the flat.

A petition against the licence was signed by over 200 people and more than 40 individual letters of objection amidst concerns of local disturbances and increased anti-social behaviour. The planned shop is still to open.

Councillors on the south and west plans panel will hear the planning application seeks retrospective permission for external alterations including a new obscure glazed window to the first floor, infilling an existing side window and the relocation of a ground floor door opening. Check out the plans in full here.

A report compiled by council planning officers concludes:

“The development is not considered to be harmful to the character and appearance of the area, nor would it have a harmful impact on highway safety and as a result, subject to appropriate conditions … the application is considered to be compliant with the relevant policies and guidance and approval is recommended.”

Planning officers are recommending the plans be approved.

The application was referred to the panel to decide by Bramley councillor Kevin Ritchie, given the widespread local interest in the proposals.

It will be decided next Thursday (Feb 18) at the south and west plans panel meeting in Leeds Civic Hall at 1pm. Members of the public can attend.


    • Hi Techno – I’m not taking a stance on this, it’s up to readers to have their own opinions, but I suspect the interest in this stems from the more widespread concerns over the initial off-licence application and the fact that the owner progressed with work without having the necessary permission from the council in place.

  1. Over 200 ‘pathetically small-minded’ local residents objected to the most shoddiest structural alterations inside and out without planning permission by the applicant who has ridden roughshod through all planning procedures and made life hell for immediate neighbours.
    Please read related posts above for more info.


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