Planners refuse bid to transform former Tong Road pub into flats

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Flats proposals: The Crown dates back to the 19th century. Photo: Google

City planners have blocked plans to transform a former West Leeds pub into eight self-contained flats and a shop.

Essex-based developer Mr Prabhjot Paul wanted to transform the former The Crown Pub, which closed several years ago, into one two-bed and seven one-bed flats while retaining the current corner retail unit.

But a council planning officer’s report this week refused the application, stating:

“The Local Planning Authority considers that the proposal would offer the future occupiers a poor, unacceptable level of amenity, and the proposal represents an intensive, over-development of the host property.”

Planners also pointed to the lack of dedicated car and cycle parking and electric charging on site.

Developers had argued that the flats would have been ‘well sized’ and that the development would have preserved the outside of the historic building.

The pub, which is based at the bottom of Tong Road, was originally built in the 19th century.

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


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