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Empty pub could make way for

village affordable housing

    By Andrea Kirk  

A PLANNING application to demolish a 200-yearold public house in Skirlaugh has caused an outcry from residents.

Plans have been submitted to East Riding Council to demolish the empty Sun Inn on Church Lane in the village and build five dwellings on the site by applicants David and Gillian Furman. The planned dwellings include three terrace houses and two bungalows, all of which are planned to be twobedroom properties with two parking spaces per property.

As the news spread on social media, a petition was created calling on East Riding Council to: “Stop the demolition of 200-year-old Sun Inn, a 19th century coaching inn, in Skirlaugh.”

At the time of writing this article the petition stood at 643 names and claims: “The Sun Inn is one of the original buildings in the village of Skirlaugh. The owner of the Duke of York restaurant in Skirlaugh along with someone from outside of the village have purchased The Sun, closed it down, and now want to demolish it to build five new houses.”

Ed Phelan, Chairman of Skirlaugh Parish Council confirmed the application would be discussed at Skirlaugh Parish Council meeting on Wednesday, January 9 at 7.30pm as the Gazette goes to print. The council meeting was moved to the village hall and the first 30 minutes was due to be an open public forum to allow for the large public interest in the planning agenda item. Following deliberation by Skirlaugh Parish Council, it will lodge its comments on the East Riding Council’s planning portal for the local authority’s consideration.

“We will be requesting that the application goes before the East Riding of Yorkshire Council planning committee,” said Mr Phelan who added although the parish council will consider it impartially it is the village’s voice.

There are already several objections on the planning portal and a mixed reaction on social media.

The application states the pub has been closed since approximately 2015. However locals have commented on social media that they were in the pub for the landlord’s leaving do on July 30, 2018. The pub also had various local teams including a pool team with a comment on the Hornsea and District Pool League Facebook page on July 24, 2018 saying: “It’s been a real pleasure playing pool at the Sun Inn in Skirlaugh…it’s a shame last night’s match was the final game to be played there before it closes down.”

Although the majority of comments on social media are objecting to the demolition others point out: “It’s better as houses than a closed pub” and: “If no one can draw in the locals and make a living from it, what’s the alternative?” The pub car park has been used during the day by people using the Costcutter shop next door which also contains the Post Office and several objections mention the parking problems in the area.

Applicant Mr Furman confirmed he was in a partnership with Skirlaugh’s Duke of York pub.

He said “Country pubs are struggling and thousands are closing. We can’t make the pub (The Sun Inn) pay - the viability is not there despite the objections. We have looked at it in great detail but unfortunately the figures don’t add up. If it was not being developed it would go to rack and ruin. We have limited options and believe this is the best one so there are affordable homes on a small site in the village.” Lisa and Stuart Campbell, who run the Duke of York pub, declined to comment.

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