New Knaresborough venue in ‘ongoing’ talks with council over planning
Jan 11, 2024
1858 Bar and Restaurant

North Yorkshire Council has said it is ongoing talks with a new Knaresborough venue over planning issues.

1858 Bar and Restaurant opened in August on the site of the former NatWest bank on High Street.

The grade two listed building, built in 1858, is situated in Knaresborough Conservation Area and is therefore subject to tight planning regulations.

The council approved the venue’s alcohol licence in July but a decision notice last month revealed the local authority had refused a planning application for the site.

The notice was published after a council conservation officer acknowledged “aspects of the development proposals are considered satisfactory and subject to revision” but added “the proposed internal alterations are harmful to the special significance of the listed building”.

1858 has retained many of the bank’s historic features. For instance the bank vault has been turned into a dining area for visitors (see below) and the floor design is based on pennies in a nod to the building’s former use.

Owners Jaime Wilkinson and Kim Lancaster told the Stray Ferret they would work with the council to resolve any outstanding issues and the venue would continue to operate as normal in the meantime.

They said the main area of concern highlighted to them was the overhead ventilation and lighting in the main bar area.

Mr Wilkinson said 1858 had adopted an “elegant and classy” style rather than the distressed chic look favoured by some venues and he felt it had enhanced the High Street.

Karl Battersby, the council’s corporate director of environment, said:

“The 1858 Bar and Restaurant in Knaresborough was initially granted planning permission to operate as a café and sport therapy rooms. Unfortunately, what has been implemented on site exceeds the basis of what was permitted and following discussions with our planning enforcement team, applications for planning and listed building were submitted.

“Due to the lack of essential information and documentation submitted, these applications were refused.

“Discussions remain ongoing with the operators with revised submissions expected early this year.”

Look out soon for a more in-depth interview with Mr Wilkinson on the Stray Ferret.

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