Application to demolish a long term vacant pub in Bradford:
Image from Telegraph and Argus.
April was a busy month in Bradford for conservation officers, this being the first of many threatened buildings to have an application to demolish levied against it.
The building is unremarkable, but the setting is an unspoilt Victorian townscape, with stone setts on the ground and narrow coursing of stone masonry on elevations (Greenmore rock perhaps?)
The pub alone can not be saved on grounds of heritage significance, but it will be to the detriment of the sense of place in this Bradfordian suburb when a cavity remains after this building falls.
Not many places like this remain. One fewer in the next few months.
Demolition of pub in Barnsley:
A unique elevation combining two architectural styles, divided by an undulating course. This pub is also exceeding tall for the area and presents something of a landmark to be lost when this application is inevitably approved.
I’m sure local interest in pubs will have its renaissance, but not quite before all the pubs have been demolished.
Incidentally, there is a Wetherspoons operating just up the road…the word uncercut comes to mind.
Pub in Morley to be Demolished:
6 houses with 15 parking spaces to be built out in Morley, which continues to be a thriving housing market for the new middle class of West Yorkshire.
Formally serving the people of Bruntcliffe, any notion of a village life has slowly dissipated with motorways and industrial parks replacing the colliery and the mills.
A quick glance at the building footprint, and 4 dwellings could easily be accommodated here, with 2 more in the curtilage.
What further astounds is the roaring trade the Toby Carvery is doing down the road. I think that says more than I ever could about suburban Yorkshire life in the 21st century.
Formally Ricky’s Bar, formally Wagon and Horses Inn, to be demolished to make way for a car showroom forecourt:
So sad to see this pub go, which I believe was snapped up at auction following the bankruptcy of the eponymous Ricky. Particularly tragic is the loss would be to create a car sales forecourt, of which there are already so many on Leeds Road, making this corridor more so an exposed and dull place.
This would represent further erosion of the street front of Leeds Road which has slowly disappeared over the last century to be replaced by miscellaneous uses found on the fringes of towns that require cheap and ease of vehicular access.
In spite of there now being a premier league football team playing home games a stones throw away, I imagine arguments about viability would still militate against the retention of this building. I hope Kirklees can somehow block this application, but I somehow doubt it.
We demolish public houses next to football stadiums. That is the modern state of land use planning.
Former Old Roundabout in Stanningly, Leeds:
Its always a shame to see a pub demolished in proximity of another pub, because two pubs together creates a drinking destination. A critical mass just enough to draw people in from far afield to experience the drinking culture of this particular domain. I suppose this now fridge area of Stanningly is not quite attractive enough to maintain such a buzz.
Very attractive and robust double pitched building that could stay, and be repurposed in any number of ways. Lets get some local listings of non-designated heritage assets formulated asap to avoid the loss of such humble but necessary buildings in towns like Stanningly.
The sad demise of the Flouch Inn –
Demolition of this pub has been on the cards for a while now. Oout in the Wilderness of the Pennines, the Flouch is called so because its former name of The Plough became weathered and Plough Became Flouch with the loss of a serif or two.
The demolition will make way for houses; an entirely unsustainable location, and the canabalisation of what could be a great pub as part of the chain of cyclist stops found in this area.
Also being demolished is
Silkstone Working Men’s Club –
Not so pretty…but still a meaningful building
Application to demolish the Highland Pub, just off Burley Street, Leeds
Its been a few months since there has been any imminent threat to a historically important building in West Yorkshire, but a sad return to business as usual comes in the form of the proposed demolition of The Highland, to be replaced by 14 flats.
The pub is still thriving and has by various accounts undergone something of a renaissance lately.
A curious building that has survived the comprehensive demolition of this area to find itself bravely ensconced as a wedge between the high rises and the concrete monoliths of central Leeds. Stone setts still surround the building making this oasis look like a fissure in space-time.
Such a narrow plot shouldn’t be viable for development – only suitable for a Victorian pub, yet somehow it has caught the attention of a speculator. Couldn’t you develop the surface car park 5m to the right?
This highlights yet again a flaw in the planning system; no conservation area or listing status means that the council’s hands are tied. The only reprieve would be to deny permission on other grounds relating to design and hope the owner backs down and keeps the pub serving. Apparently its great in there. Check it out before it is no more.