We are delighted to have secured planning consent for an exciting, alternative leisure development in Kirkstall, Leeds.
The application sought a change of use of a Grade II listed building from an A1 retail use to a “sui generis” leisure/entertainment use as a non-gambling arcade club. The development met with unanimous support during the course of the application with a number of local residents writing to Leeds City Council in support of the venture.
The planning permission will allow ‘Arcade Club’ to expand their offering, from their current premises in Bury, Greater Manchester, across the Pennines to create a Yorkshire ‘hub’ providing a ‘freeplay’ amusement arcade containing video game cabinets from the 1970’s to the present, games consoles and PCs/virtual reality. Customers will pay an entrance fee to gain access to the machines.
The project shows an innovative form of diversification by bringing historically significant buildings into the future whilst simultaneously preserving them. The new arcade will also bring some much-needed job creation to the area.
Rural Solutions are currently in the process of discharging pre-commencement planning conditions for the applicant who hopes that the facility will be up and running in early 2019.