Yorkshire news Bombshell dropped on long awaited Rose and Crown pub plans MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Engineers say derelict pub is in such a bad state that it may have to be pulled down so new Co-op can be built
Breaking News ! Hopes a six-year saga over the future of Almondbury 's worst eyesore could soon end have been dashed. Last year planners gave the go-ahead to turn the Grade II listed derelict Rose and Crown pub in Northgate into a Co-op store. But following a survey of the building, there are "grave concerns" the building is not safe, brining the development to a complete standstill. Andrew Shaw, commercial director for JP Wild Ltd, the new owners of the building, said: "We bought the above property in February and we have been carrying out works in the last few weeks since our return from the lockdown period. "These works have been for investigation purposes to enable a fully detailed structural design to be completed to the satisfaction of the various parties that are involved. Read More Related Articles Police chief reacts to 'scary' Hyde Park rave which saw hundreds party overnight Read More Related Articles Take a virtual tour of the £1.5m barn conversion being raffled off in Holmfirth "This has involved intrusive surveys etc to determine the full extent of the building's condition, and we have now received the structural engineer's recommendations. "Unfortunately the engineers have grave concerns that the building is not suitable to enable the construction to be carried out safely, and they are classing this as high risk to proceed. "We are therefore at a standstill until we can hopefully agree to take the building down." And his colleague Diarmaid Kelly, added: "The results of our efforts over the last five to six weeks on site have shown that the existing building and the basements are in a state of disrepair due to its age and the many extensions that have taken place over the lifetime of the building." Read More Related Articles Jaw-dropping pictures of 900 cars torched in devastating inferno Read More Related Articles Watch as hundreds descend on 'scary' overnight rave in Leeds park Kirklees councillor Bernard McGuin (Con, Almondbury), said: "Having spoken to Mr Kelly, the developer, I do believe he wants to work with the community to put up an acceptable structure. "This saga has been going on for a considerable time and I know the building is important to a lot of people. Complete demolition would be a bitter pill to swallow. "Mr Kelly said it might be possible to recreate the important facade in the same style. "He was of the opinion that the stonework was in such a bad state that it could not be preserved.
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"As it is a listed structure, English Heritage would have to be involved and they would have a decisive say in the building's future. "As it is a listed building I feel it is my duty to try to preserve it unless it is impossible to do so. "If it can’t be saved then a building that fits in with the architecture of Almondbury conservation area, in a similar style to what it is now, is my preferred option. The important word is 'if'.
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And Alison Munro (Lib Dem, Almondbury), said: "Unfortunately plans for the development of the former Rose and Crown building in Almondbury have come to a standstill. "There have been years of delays and now structural engineers have raised grave concerns over the condition of the building, which may have to be demolished. "I really hope that Kirklees officers and the owners are able to reach an agreement over this after all this time and sort this out soon." "This is not something the new owners or Co-op wanted to hear as they want to deliver the project as the community and Co-op require.
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"I really hope that Kirklees officers and the owners are able to reach an agreement over this after all this time and sort this out soon." And her Lib Dem colleague Councillor Paola Davies said: “This is yet another blow for the Co-op and residents who are really keen to have a new bigger Co-op in Almondbury.”
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