PLANS to convert the site of a former Bradford pub into a new block of shops and flats have been refused on road safety grounds.

Bradford Council has vetoed a project to develop land at the junction of Leeds Road and Gain Lane in Thornbury, the site of the Junction pub until the building was demolished in 2012.

The plans, submitted by Ammar Ali, consisted of a three-storey building with two retail units on the ground floor. The top two floors would have been made up of six apartments.

A retail statement supporting the plans had stated that the proposed development would have provided “clear and substantial regeneration and economic benefits”, also offering local employment opportunities.

A previous application for a similar scheme had been turned down amid concerns over highway safety and visual amenity, and the Council has again refused to sanction the plans based on fears over access to the site from Gain Lane.

Planning officer Matthew Aveyard wrote: “The development is considered to be unacceptable on highway grounds due to the substandard access onto Gain Lane. These factors are likely to lead to implications for highway safety at the site and close to the signalised junction.”

Local residents had submitted a petition protesting against the development, again highlighting access issues, but ward councillor Riaz Ahmed (Lib Dem, Bradford Moor), said he hoped the site would not be left to rot in its current state.

“It’s a very prominent corner site, and it needs to be developed because it’s an eyesore at the moment,” he said.

“I would have welcomed housing and shops on what is a main corridor site. If applicants can work with residents and highways officers to address the concerns, then hopefully they can be addressed.”

Elsewhere in the city, plans to convert two further former pub sites into restaurants have been given the go-ahead.

The old Travellers Rest on Duckworth Lane is set to be converted into two restaurants with new shop fronts after the Council agreed that the reconfiguration would have no impact on the appearance of the building.

Also, plans to convert the old Willowfield Hotel on Legrams Lane into a “high-quality restaurant layout” have been approved, after the Council stated the site was a “derelict building in a declining state of repair.”