FINAL approval has been given for a new £3.5 million health centre for Yeadon - but with the condition that 12 more parking places are provided.

Planners approved the scheme for the part two and part three storey centre at South View Road at the Plans Panel West meeting last Thursday.

Members argued that the planned 54 car parking places, partly on the nearby churchyard, was not enough and that more should be provided.

They were told that the Leeds North West Primary Care Trust, which is building the centre, had hoped to get additional parking from the adjoining Conservative Club.

The centre will replace Yeadon's outdated facility on the same site.

A temporary part single storey and part two storey building will be put on the nearby Yeadon Methodist Churchyard for up to 18 months while the centre is built.

It is planned that the new centre will provide a much improved and extended health care facility in the centre of Yeadon providing services currently unavailable in the town.

Members were told that the building when finished would be one of the largest in the town centre.

After the meeting, Counc-illor Ryk Downes (Lib Dem, Otley and Yeadon) welcomed the scheme which he said would be a boost to Yeadon.

He said: "Provided that sufficient car parking can be found, building can start.

"It will mean a better health centre for Yeadon and it will be beneficial being in the town centre."

The scheme was approved in principle with the final decision delegated to officers.