FULL STORY: Bid to turn Holywell Green pub into flats refused

Holywell Green residents who are campaigning to keep The Holy Well Inn as a pub - there are plans to convert in to apartments.
Holywell Green residents who are campaigning to keep The Holy Well Inn as a pub - there are plans to convert in to apartments.
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Plans to create apartments in a former pub that residents want to take on as a community enterprise have been refused.

The bid to turn the Holy Well Inn - which has been shut since January 2012 - into five one-bedroom aparments was turned down by Calderdale Council’s planning committee.

It heard there were 16 letters of objection to the application as well as a petition with more than 250 signatures.

Chris Gale, who bought the pub on Stainland Road in June 2011, said he had tried to keep it trading but there were not enough people using it to make it a viable business.

He said his first landlord left because there were not enough people coming in and although he employed a replacement who had ideas about putting on coffee mornings and discos, Mr Gale said there was still not enough custom to keep the pub going.

He decided to close the pub after the leasing agent pulled out in December 2011.

The committee heard a group of residens have been working to take on the pub as a community enterprise.

They have contacted several organisations who may be able to help and recently held a meeting where more than 50 people turned up to support the idea.

Planning officers had recommended the application be approved but the committee voted to refuse the plans. Councillor David Hardy (Elland, Lib Dem) said: “We haven’t given the local people chance. I would like them to have time to pursue what they want to do.”

The group trying to take on the pub are holding an information weekend in the car park next to the pub this weekend.