Henry Peacock pub owners appeal council decision

tis  The Henry Peacock pub.  (120907M2)
tis The Henry Peacock pub. (120907M2)

The owners of a landmark Starbeck pub have indicated they will appeal Harrogate Borough Council’s decision to block the demolition of the building.

Enterprise Inns Ltd had their application to demolish the 165-year-old pub and plant greenery around the edges of the site refused by Harrogate Borough Council’s planning committee in September.

Gary Bell, chief planner at Harrogate Borough Council said in a decision notice: “The proposed restoration of the site would be inappropriate and harmful to visual amenity and the setting of the adjacent Starbeck Conservation Area.”

Two other applications to demolish the pub have been made in the past two years, one of the applications had outlined plans to turn the land into a car park for a neighbouring car dealership.

A spokesperson for Enterprise Inns was unavailable to comment on future plans for the site.

Harrogate Civic Society have said it would be disappointing if Starbeck lost the historic building which dates back to 1848.

Chairman Henry Pankhurst said: “The Conservation Area stops just short of the pub, if it had been on the other side of the tracks it would have been protected.”

Enterprise Inns did not comment on their plans for the site.

A spokesperson said: “As part of our ongoing business, we do from time to time identify a pub which is unable to deliver an appropriate level of sustainable income.

“Having been unable to establish a viable future for the Henry Peacock, we are currently reviewing all of our options for the future of the site. This includes lodging an appeal with the Council, following extensive dialogue with the Council’s officers to provide an appropriate landscaping scheme for the site that addresses their concerns.”