Learning centre’s bedsit and flats plans rejected over standard of living

Plans to convert an adult learning centre in Castleford into bedsits and small flats have been rejected, with Wakefield Council saying the standard of living for some tenants would not be acceptable.

Thursday, 19th November 2020, 2:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th November 2020, 2:04 pm

The application outlined blueprints to transform the two-storey Community Learning Centre on the corner of Bridge Street and York Street into 18 small dwellings.

But the council’s planning department said eight of the proposed flats are too close to foliage from a nearby railway embankment leading to insufficient natural light.

The application also attracted two letters of objections from people who raised concerns over the loss of the learning centre and parking for the flats, which are just yards from Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre.

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The application outlined blueprints to transform the two-storey Community Learning Centre on the corner of Bridge Street and York Street into 18 small dwellings.

But the planners said those concerns would not have necessarily led to a rejection of the plans, citing that the they were turning it down on the inadequate light issue.