THE former Guiseley Library building will be converted into a bar and restaurant after planning permission was approved.

Willow Properties (Yorkshire), supported by Forward Planning and Design, submitted an application to Leeds City Council in March for the change of use of the Guiseley Library building on Otley Road, Guiseley.

Guiseley Library moved into Aireborough Leisure Centre following its refurbishment in 2019 and the building was sold at auction by Leeds City Council late last year.

It was built in 1956, being extended in 1972, and is not listed but is within the Guiseley Conservation Area.

The plans cover the conversion of the building to create a restaurant and bar, together with a side extension to form a toilet block.

A full refurbishment and internal alterations will be undertaken to support the new use. Minor external alterations to the property will also be made.

The proposed opening hours are 11am to 11pm.

The council has now granted planning permission for the redevelopment, subject to conditions, under delegated powers.

An officer's report accompanying the decision said: "It is considered that the proposal will enhance the character of Guiseley Conservation Area, by introducing a new leisure business within a town centre location."