A FORMER library could become a pub and restaurant if a planning application is successful.

An application has been submitted on behalf of Willow Properties (Yorkshire) Ltd to Leeds City Council planning department for a change of use of the former Guiseley Library to form a restaurant and bar and for a side extension to form a toilet block associated with this use.

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 design and access statement submitted on behalf of the client says: “The client intends to invest substantially with a full refurbishment and internal alteration of the property to open a fully licensed restaurant and bar.

“It is proposed to alter the ground floor layout to enable a more efficient arrangement which is suitable for the proposed use. Only minor external alterations to the building are proposed.”

These include large bi fold doors and entrance doors in grey aluminium and an external seating area with a glass and steel balustrade at the front of the building, which will be re clad with natural stone slips.

An extension is proposed to the east elevation to form toilet facilities, including a toilet with disabled access.

The kitchen will be located at the back of the building and the existing main entrance steps and ramp are to remain, providing disabled access.

Two off street parking spaces are to be retained for staff.

The application for the site highlights good public transport is readily available with bus stops immediately outside the property and Guiseley Train Station approximately 400m away. Morrisons supermarket is also immediately opposite which has a large free car park.

The proposed opening hours for the bar and restaurant are to be 11am to 11pm, seven days per week.

The application proposes the removal of two trees.

A separate application will be made in relation to signs for the pub and restaurant.

The application concludes: “It is considered that the proposals will not adversely affect the street scene or Conservation Area and will help give more vitality to the area improving the appearance of the existing building which has recently been falling into disrepair.

“A change of use is inevitable now that the Council has relocated the library, the property is in a sustainable location within the town centre.

“The new use will not create any highway safety issues above that of the properties former use.”