Aldi revises plans for store to replace Middleton Arms, but planning officers still saying ‘no’

Plans to demolish the historic Middleton Arms pub and replace it with an Aldi store are back in front of Leeds city councillors today (1st December) for a third month in a row.

At the last hearing in November, councillors went against the advice of the Chief Planning Officer and expressed reluctant support for the 990m² supermarket scheme on the condition that it be built further away from homes and protected trees on the site and that it be hidden better from residents’ view.

So Aldi are coming back to today’s meeting of the council’s Plans Panel (Civic Hall, 1.30 pm) with a revised layout, moving the proposed building 1m to the north and 1.5m to the west. But planning officers are already saying that doesn’t go far enough to meet councillors’ demands and are recommending another ‘no’ to the planning application.

“In light of the fact that the revised proposal fails to address the issues raised in respect of residential amenity and tree loss, the application is still recommended for refusal,” a report says.

There is an alternative site layout option on the table – to which Aldi have so far said ‘no thanks’.

According to South Leeds Life, residents of Middleton are split over the possible loss of the historic pub, which has deteriorated from neglect and vandalism since it shut its doors. No one has come forward with a viable scheme for bringing the building back into use.

What’s muddying the waters a bit is that Tesco have told planners they are about to submit a planning application for a discount food-store on a site they own in Middleton at Benyon House.

January supermarket wars?

And talking of Tesco, whatever happened to their planning application for a new store in Beeston at the junction of Moorhouse Avenue and Old Lane?

After being stalled for several months following a vehement objection from the Co-op (who claimed Leeds City Council’s own research indicated the store was not needed), it looks like the application could now get decided at the first meeting of the Plans Panel (East) in the new year – along with ASDA’s application to demolish the existing Netto store on Old Lane and replace it with a supermarket three times as large.

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One Response to Aldi revises plans for store to replace Middleton Arms, but planning officers still saying ‘no’

  1. John says:

    1. Middleton Arms should obviously be knocked down, especially after the arson attack, an unfortunate, but entirely foreseeable event.

    2. Planning decisions, or more accurately the lack of them, have been terrible for areas on the South Bank. Middleton: Tesco v ASDA for example. The council should support both schemes in Beeston. It is obvious to anyone who uses the Sainsbury’s at the White Rose shopping center that demand is there, and that these two sites can easily accommodate the developments, especially in-light of the recent infrastructure improvements at the Beeston junction.

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