Fresh plan to convert pub near Pateley Bridge into a cottage
Last updated Nov 1, 2023
The Birch Tree at Glasshouses, which could be converted into a cottage.
The Birch Tree at Glasshouses.

Fresh plans have been lodged to convert a 110-year-old former pub near Pateley Bridge into a cottage.

The Birch Tree, at Lupton Bank in Glasshouses, closed its doors back in March 2020 due to the covid pandemic.

Since then, the former pub has been subject to numerous planning applications to convert it into a cottage.

However, the plans were refused by Harrogate Borough Council planners on the grounds that the loss of the pub “was not justified”.

Latest proposals tabled to North Yorkshire Council would see the empty public house changed into a two-bedroom cottage.

The site has already seen three cottages built under a previous planning permission, with the pub reduced in size.

In planning documents for the fresh proposal, which was submitted by Yarntex Two Limited, the developer said the building had been put on the market without success.

It said:

“Sadly, there appears to be no viable future for the pub and provision of a further holiday cottage to supplement and enhance the others is surely the best option for the building, while still promoting local tourism and employers and making a positive contribution to the local economy.”

The developer added that the site had been marketed extensively without success by both Christie and Co and Hopkinsons Estate Agents.

It said that “no local interest or expressions of interest from further afield have been forthcoming”.

North Yorkshire Council will make a decision on the latest plan at a later date.

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