Suggestions have been made for the use of a site in Tingley after an application to turn it into a McDonald’s restaurant was refused, including building a health centre.
Councillors are exploring the options for the old White Bear pub site, off Tingley roundabout.
Coun Shirley Varley, who supported the Stop Tingley McDonald’s campaign at the site, said: “At a recent public meeting there were several very positive ideas put forward by local residents about how the site might be developed.
“It is important that we look at options to improve the site as the site itself is deteriorating badly.
“Some of the proposals include use of the site to provide a health centre or affordable homes for older residents.”
Morley Borough Independent councillros are in discussions with planners and the NHS to see if the ideas can be supported and will also be speaking to housing associations to gauge interest.
Coun Varley said: “Although residents opposed McDonald’s at this site, they want to work with the owners of the site to bring some positive improvements which would also benefit the local community.
“We will be reporting back to residents when we have a clearer picture from the planners.”
A committee is already being organised by local residents and councillors in a bid to look after the site, preventing flytipping and other anti-social behaviour, until a the right kind of business become interested in building there.
Ideas put forward included:
A community centre
GP Surgery/health centre
Sheltered housing for older people.
A park or landscaping/greenspace
Affordable housing. At the meeting it was also suggested the group hold another clean up event of the site in the near future.