PLANS to build an extension on a prominent former pub-turned row of shops to create more retail space in Eccleshill have been approved by Bradford Council.

The application will see the two-storey extension built in Harrogate Road, at the junction with Wellington Road, made up of two retail units on the ground floor and a one bedroom flat on the first floor.

The building was formerly home to The Wellington Hotel, which closed around ten years ago, and has since been replaced by a number of businesses.

On the site there is a hairdressers, pizza takeaway, and an off licence shop on the ground floor, with a seven-bedroom house of multiple occupancy on the first floor.

The extension will replace one gated entrance to the site’s car park, but access is still available from Leeds Road and 19 car parking spaces - three being disabled bays - and parking facilities for five bicycles will be created.

In approving the plans, Bradford Council considered a handful of complaints and said the applicant will have to pay up to £7,000 for a Traffic Regulation Order to ban on-street parking in the street outside the site or on the pavement.

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