Aspiring communities scale back plans for Ice Pak site

Updated October 9, 2021

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Aspiring Communities (AC), the Muslim-run charity that owns the Ice Pak site on Barkly Road in Beeston, has announced that it is scaling back its plans for the site.

The charity has won a long planning battle over its controversial plans to develop a community center on the former factory site. The planning permission was finally granted by an urban planning inspector in June 2017 following a public inquiry, as we reported at the time.

The project they have authorized covers 3,000 m² of development including an underground car park. AC has now announced that they will not be using the large white building at the rear of the site, but will instead demolish it to make room for above ground parking. Instead, they will renovate the existing buildings at the front of the site.

In a leaflet handed out to local residents, AC said they had reconsidered their plans “in the wake of the Covid pandemic and constructive feedback over the years.” They continued:

“We now plan to significantly reduce the size and scale of the proposed development… We will still be able to meet the original community needs with minimal disruption and inconvenience to the local community. “

South Leeds Life understands that AC’s new town planning application has been submitted to Leeds City Council, but it has not yet appeared on the council’s list planning portal.

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