Pudsey: Green light to turn empty shops into flats

Apartment plans: Chapeltown, Pudsey. Photo: Google

Two empty shop units in Pudsey will be turned into flats, after plans were approved by Leeds City Council.

Applicant Hannah Rhodes, of Horsforth-based Grovehall Estates, aims to transform the shop units in 11-15 Chapeltown, Pudsey, into one-bedroom flats.

The planning application states the ground floor has remained empty since February 2018, “despite numerous attempts to attract new tenants.”

Alterations include replacing the painted timber shop fronts and replacing them with stone walling, new windows and doors, a new access gate to side, and a new roof. 

A design report submitted with the application concludes: “It is considered that this proposal will provide a positive viable use to what is currently vacant space in a prominent location on a major thoroughfare through the town. It is considered that the works will significantly enhance the appearance of the building on its prominent front elevation. 

“Upon completion the development will provide a positive contribution to the streetscape and local area, adding to the vitality and sustainability of the town centre, whilst improving visually the appearance of the building.”

There had been two letters of objection to the proposals over parking and the ‘harmful’ impact on the Pudsey high street, but a council planning officer’s report concluded the apartments were acceptable and compliant with local and national planning policy and guidance.

The plans can be read in full here.

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