A decision on whether the former home of an illegal bazaar can be turned into indoor football pitches has been deferred.

Members of the Bradford Planning Panel yesterday agreed on the need for a visit to the former Shires Bathroom site in Beckside Road, Lidget Green, before a decision could be made.

The application was for part of the building to be turned into five indoor pitches, and included dedicated parking spaces and a system to separate HGV traffic to the warehousing on the same site.

Councillor Nazam Azam (Lab, City) told the panel that he had brought with him a petition against the scheme with more than 400 signatures on it.

He said people were concerned about highway safety issues and the loss of employment land in the area.

Councillors agreed to defer the matter until their next meeting scheduled for next month, when a site visit could take place, and proper consideration could also be given to the petition.

From 2011 the building housed Tradex bazaar, which was run without the correct planning permission for retail use.