Pub chain reveals plan for 59-bed hostel in Gillygate

Monroes, in Gillygate, which pub chain Punch Taverns is aiming to turn into a hostel aimed at independent world travellers

Monroes, in Gillygate, which pub chain Punch Taverns is aiming to turn into a hostel aimed at independent world travellers

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PUB chain Punch Taverns is set to push its investment in Gillygate beyond the million pound mark as it reveals plans for a 59-bed hostel in the city centre street.

The company, which recently reopened the doors to The Gillygate following a £500,000 refurbishment, has now submitted plans for its neighbouring site Monroes.

The pub, previously named The Speakeasy and The Pink Pony, will be redeveloped to feature a ground floor bar offering food, with three floors of hostel accommodation as the company looks to target "independent world travellers".

A Punch Taverns spokesperson said: "With York being such a popular tourist destination, the opportunity at Monroes lended itself to the development of some form of letting accommodation.

"Having recently invested heavily at the Gillygate we wanted to create a point of difference and saw the independent world traveller as a potential customer.

"We have submitted an application for a hostel type accommodation, but retaining a bar on the ground floor, and creating a small food operation.”

The planning application, due to be determined by City of York Council by October, outlines plans for six triple bed bunks on the ground floor behind the bar, nine triple bed bunks on the first floor and seven double bed bunks on the second floor.

The proposals have already received one objection on the council's planning website, with the unnamed commenter stating: "We object on the grounds of over-development and incompatibility of the pub use and the overnight intensive accommodation in this instance."

Clare Wood of Milson Associates, the agent for Punch Taverns, said: "We promote a quality-oriented, socially responsible and environmentally sound accommodation for young people and families.

"We bear a special responsibility towards our guests, to ensure their safety and security.

"Our main aim is the maintenance of value-for-money services. In spite of that, we wish to respond to increasing quality requirements.

"We wish to offer an innovative programme of services for our guests which is appealing and offers real alternatives when compared to other forms of accommodation.

"The management and control of this hostel will be extremely robust reducing the opportunity for unacceptable behaviour by guests.

"We will be installing an electronic key system to ensure controlled and monitored access to accommodation areas and overall staff will be trained in operating policies to ensure smooth operating eliminating crime."

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9:07am Wed 27 Aug 14

nearlyman says...

...................a
nd of coursesome gullible customers.....
...................a nd of coursesome gullible customers..... nearlyman
  • Score: -15

9:11am Wed 27 Aug 14

smudge2 says...

The pub, previously named The Speakeasy and The Pink Pony, will be redeveloped to feature a ground floor bar offering food, with three floors of hostel accommodation as the company looks to target "independent world travellers".".......
..................Al
l a cheap room rated hostel above a pub attracts is hen/stag/drinking culture groups of people who are a blight on the town centre and are turning York into a no go zone on a night in certain areas.
The pub, previously named The Speakeasy and The Pink Pony, will be redeveloped to feature a ground floor bar offering food, with three floors of hostel accommodation as the company looks to target "independent world travellers"."....... ..................Al l a cheap room rated hostel above a pub attracts is hen/stag/drinking culture groups of people who are a blight on the town centre and are turning York into a no go zone on a night in certain areas. smudge2
  • Score: 2

9:14am Wed 27 Aug 14

smudge2 says...

Clare Wood of Milson Associates, the agent for Punch Taverns, said: "We promote a quality-oriented, socially responsible and environmentally sound accommodation for young people and families............
..yeah right,as of you really care Clare ?????
Clare Wood of Milson Associates, the agent for Punch Taverns, said: "We promote a quality-oriented, socially responsible and environmentally sound accommodation for young people and families............ ..yeah right,as of you really care Clare ????? smudge2
  • Score: -7

9:44am Wed 27 Aug 14

eeoodares says...

This will wreck the lives of those living down Gillygate.
This will wreck the lives of those living down Gillygate. eeoodares
  • Score: -11

9:54am Wed 27 Aug 14

notmyrealname says...

When will this council show some concern for York residents . this place will fill with unsuspecting overseas tourists who have booked on B.com and - as described Hen and Stag drinkers
"The management and control of this hostel will be extremely robust reducing the opportunity for unacceptable behaviour by guests. ".... I dont think anyone really believes that statement
When will this council show some concern for York residents . this place will fill with unsuspecting overseas tourists who have booked on B.com and - as described Hen and Stag drinkers "The management and control of this hostel will be extremely robust reducing the opportunity for unacceptable behaviour by guests. ".... I dont think anyone really believes that statement notmyrealname
  • Score: 4

10:09am Wed 27 Aug 14

CRWPROJ says...

I agree with many of the comments above.
The actual application can be found on COYC planning website.
http://planningacces
s.york.gov.uk/online
-applications
Reference 14/01817/FUL.
If you look on the floor plans contained in the documents, they do not appear to have allowed for a managers or wardens accommodation!!
Perhaps this is the reason for replying that electronic key cards will be in control because there will be no one else there from Punch Taverns. They'll be tucked up in bed asleep, down in Burton Upon Trent.
I agree with many of the comments above. The actual application can be found on COYC planning website. http://planningacces s.york.gov.uk/online -applications Reference 14/01817/FUL. If you look on the floor plans contained in the documents, they do not appear to have allowed for a managers or wardens accommodation!! Perhaps this is the reason for replying that electronic key cards will be in control because there will be no one else there from Punch Taverns. They'll be tucked up in bed asleep, down in Burton Upon Trent. CRWPROJ
  • Score: -1

10:16am Wed 27 Aug 14

ManicMiner says...

Agree with everything that has been said already about this planning application. Bringing low spending 'tourists' (and I use that term somewhat tongue in cheek), will do nothing for our local economy other than increase the coffers of the brewery chains. It's also yet another venue that bites the dust - what is wrong with this city council who seem to care only for the increase in council tax & parking charges?
Agree with everything that has been said already about this planning application. Bringing low spending 'tourists' (and I use that term somewhat tongue in cheek), will do nothing for our local economy other than increase the coffers of the brewery chains. It's also yet another venue that bites the dust - what is wrong with this city council who seem to care only for the increase in council tax & parking charges? ManicMiner
  • Score: 4

11:03am Wed 27 Aug 14

Yorkkeiyyer says...

Fort William has a lot of 'unsuspecting' as you put it tourists in hostels. We couldn't afford a hotel when we went for a weekend last year.
Fort William has a lot of 'unsuspecting' as you put it tourists in hostels. We couldn't afford a hotel when we went for a weekend last year. Yorkkeiyyer
  • Score: -29

11:17am Wed 27 Aug 14

Monks Boss says...

Gillygate will be a "fun" place to be on an evening.And i am sure the new residents of st Leonard's place will be delighted as hoard's of drunk revelers make there way back to the hostel at 3am.
Gillygate will be a "fun" place to be on an evening.And i am sure the new residents of st Leonard's place will be delighted as hoard's of drunk revelers make there way back to the hostel at 3am. Monks Boss
  • Score: 2

11:39am Wed 27 Aug 14

yorkandproud says...

Yorkkeiyyer wrote:
Fort William has a lot of 'unsuspecting' as you put it tourists in hostels. We couldn't afford a hotel when we went for a weekend last year.
For heavens sake, if the are already saying, "control of the hostel will be extremely robust"' it's obvious what type of guests they will be attracting. If COYC planning, pass such an application they are not doing their jobs correctly. Perhaps it might be called, " the Drunken Stag doss house " or the "Screaming inebriated hen run". Just a suggestion.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkkeiyyer[/bold] wrote: Fort William has a lot of 'unsuspecting' as you put it tourists in hostels. We couldn't afford a hotel when we went for a weekend last year.[/p][/quote]For heavens sake, if the are already saying, "control of the hostel will be extremely robust"' it's obvious what type of guests they will be attracting. If COYC planning, pass such an application they are not doing their jobs correctly. Perhaps it might be called, " the Drunken Stag doss house " or the "Screaming inebriated hen run". Just a suggestion. yorkandproud
  • Score: 7

11:47am Wed 27 Aug 14

rking1977 says...

Nice try Punch, but we all know these "independent world travellers" will turn up in groups of ten on a the 9.15am from Teesside, block-book a dorm and spend all weekend pouring alcopops down their necks until they can't stand up.

Gillygate currently has a nice, laid-back feel with its independent shops and cafes. Such a shame the 'Blackpool-ification
' of York is now spreading out of the city walls.

Still, let's bring in the money at any cost, because what else matters?
Nice try Punch, but we all know these "independent world travellers" will turn up in groups of ten on a the 9.15am from Teesside, block-book a dorm and spend all weekend pouring alcopops down their necks until they can't stand up. Gillygate currently has a nice, laid-back feel with its independent shops and cafes. Such a shame the 'Blackpool-ification ' of York is now spreading out of the city walls. Still, let's bring in the money at any cost, because what else matters? rking1977
  • Score: -6

12:18pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Fabius the Delayer says...

into a hostel aimed at independent world travellers

or immigrant workers - Dhsss & Homeless

Dosshouse ?
into a hostel aimed at independent world travellers or immigrant workers - Dhsss & Homeless Dosshouse ? Fabius the Delayer
  • Score: -14

12:20pm Wed 27 Aug 14

y0rkresident says...

Not convinced by the triple bunk arrangements! but this building has been a blight on Gillygate for long enough. Thank goodness it's the same people who refubished The Gillygate pub recently they have done an outstanding job it's what the street desserved. Gillygate is a super street of independents.
Not convinced by the triple bunk arrangements! but this building has been a blight on Gillygate for long enough. Thank goodness it's the same people who refubished The Gillygate pub recently they have done an outstanding job it's what the street desserved. Gillygate is a super street of independents. y0rkresident
  • Score: -32

1:31pm Wed 27 Aug 14

14anon says...

A large building waiting to be used to its full potential and in need of a refurb. It will be a great addition to the street. Not all independent travellers are undesirables, most are just people who can't afford high hotel prices, who are looking to meet other independent travellers. It is hard to make travel friends in hotel chains. I'm in my 30's and would gladly stay at a hostel if it were available, and I am a full time working professional. It will brighten up the street and hopefully be of the same high standard as the Gillygate. Which is now a great local pub. I am sure the local residents can apply for restrictions.
A large building waiting to be used to its full potential and in need of a refurb. It will be a great addition to the street. Not all independent travellers are undesirables, most are just people who can't afford high hotel prices, who are looking to meet other independent travellers. It is hard to make travel friends in hotel chains. I'm in my 30's and would gladly stay at a hostel if it were available, and I am a full time working professional. It will brighten up the street and hopefully be of the same high standard as the Gillygate. Which is now a great local pub. I am sure the local residents can apply for restrictions. 14anon
  • Score: -26

1:33pm Wed 27 Aug 14

GBTYZ says...

Let’s hope sense prevails and the application is refused and it doesn't go to appeal as Pickles the porker will allow it. As this is a recipe for drunken loutish behaviour that is all to prevalent in York at the moment.
Let’s hope sense prevails and the application is refused and it doesn't go to appeal as Pickles the porker will allow it. As this is a recipe for drunken loutish behaviour that is all to prevalent in York at the moment. GBTYZ
  • Score: -17

1:36pm Wed 27 Aug 14

GBTYZ says...

Lets hope that sense prevails and that this is application is refused, and that it doesnt go to appeal as it will be allowed under this Government.
Lets hope that sense prevails and that this is application is refused, and that it doesnt go to appeal as it will be allowed under this Government. GBTYZ
  • Score: -49

4:07pm Wed 27 Aug 14

bolero says...

I thought the days of the 4d dosshouse had long gone.
I thought the days of the 4d dosshouse had long gone. bolero
  • Score: -10

4:24pm Wed 27 Aug 14

smudge2 says...

14anon wrote:
A large building waiting to be used to its full potential and in need of a refurb. It will be a great addition to the street. Not all independent travellers are undesirables, most are just people who can't afford high hotel prices, who are looking to meet other independent travellers. It is hard to make travel friends in hotel chains. I'm in my 30's and would gladly stay at a hostel if it were available, and I am a full time working professional. It will brighten up the street and hopefully be of the same high standard as the Gillygate. Which is now a great local pub. I am sure the local residents can apply for restrictions.
Just to get this right..You are a professional and would like to stay in a triple bunk bedded hostel with unknown persons !!....are you absolutely sure... ???
[quote][p][bold]14anon[/bold] wrote: A large building waiting to be used to its full potential and in need of a refurb. It will be a great addition to the street. Not all independent travellers are undesirables, most are just people who can't afford high hotel prices, who are looking to meet other independent travellers. It is hard to make travel friends in hotel chains. I'm in my 30's and would gladly stay at a hostel if it were available, and I am a full time working professional. It will brighten up the street and hopefully be of the same high standard as the Gillygate. Which is now a great local pub. I am sure the local residents can apply for restrictions.[/p][/quote]Just to get this right..You are a professional and would like to stay in a triple bunk bedded hostel with unknown persons !!....are you absolutely sure... ??? smudge2
  • Score: -16

6:08pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

14anon wrote:
A large building waiting to be used to its full potential and in need of a refurb. It will be a great addition to the street. Not all independent travellers are undesirables, most are just people who can't afford high hotel prices, who are looking to meet other independent travellers. It is hard to make travel friends in hotel chains. I'm in my 30's and would gladly stay at a hostel if it were available, and I am a full time working professional. It will brighten up the street and hopefully be of the same high standard as the Gillygate. Which is now a great local pub. I am sure the local residents can apply for restrictions.
At last someone without the York primitive prejudiced mindset.
In my younger days I traveled to many places in SE Asia staying in inexpensive single accommodation, sometimes with a friendly gecko to keep down the mosquitoes. OK these were not hostels, but traveling light I could better appreciate the local sights and customs.
There is a market for independent travelers and outside of the pub scene there needs to be places where visitors can interact with residents with like minds and understand each other better.
[quote][p][bold]14anon[/bold] wrote: A large building waiting to be used to its full potential and in need of a refurb. It will be a great addition to the street. Not all independent travellers are undesirables, most are just people who can't afford high hotel prices, who are looking to meet other independent travellers. It is hard to make travel friends in hotel chains. I'm in my 30's and would gladly stay at a hostel if it were available, and I am a full time working professional. It will brighten up the street and hopefully be of the same high standard as the Gillygate. Which is now a great local pub. I am sure the local residents can apply for restrictions.[/p][/quote]At last someone without the York primitive prejudiced mindset. In my younger days I traveled to many places in SE Asia staying in inexpensive single accommodation, sometimes with a friendly gecko to keep down the mosquitoes. OK these were not hostels, but traveling light I could better appreciate the local sights and customs. There is a market for independent travelers and outside of the pub scene there needs to be places where visitors can interact with residents with like minds and understand each other better. Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: -28

6:42pm Wed 27 Aug 14

againstthecuts says...

Why not turn into a tesco
Why not turn into a tesco againstthecuts
  • Score: -18

7:31pm Wed 27 Aug 14

WiseOldBob says...

Ah well: there goes the neighborhood.
What nobody seems to be falling over in stitches about is that the article reports them spending £500,000 refurbishing the place and it looks exactly the same dump as it did when it was the Speakeasy, several incarnations ago!
Ah well: there goes the neighborhood. What nobody seems to be falling over in stitches about is that the article reports them spending £500,000 refurbishing the place and it looks exactly the same dump as it did when it was the Speakeasy, several incarnations ago! WiseOldBob
  • Score: 7

7:37pm Wed 27 Aug 14

smudge2 says...

Older Sometimes Wiser wrote:
14anon wrote:
A large building waiting to be used to its full potential and in need of a refurb. It will be a great addition to the street. Not all independent travellers are undesirables, most are just people who can't afford high hotel prices, who are looking to meet other independent travellers. It is hard to make travel friends in hotel chains. I'm in my 30's and would gladly stay at a hostel if it were available, and I am a full time working professional. It will brighten up the street and hopefully be of the same high standard as the Gillygate. Which is now a great local pub. I am sure the local residents can apply for restrictions.
At last someone without the York primitive prejudiced mindset.
In my younger days I traveled to many places in SE Asia staying in inexpensive single accommodation, sometimes with a friendly gecko to keep down the mosquitoes. OK these were not hostels, but traveling light I could better appreciate the local sights and customs.
There is a market for independent travelers and outside of the pub scene there needs to be places where visitors can interact with residents with like minds and understand each other better.
And sleep 15 to a room full of drink....Perfect
[quote][p][bold]Older Sometimes Wiser[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]14anon[/bold] wrote: A large building waiting to be used to its full potential and in need of a refurb. It will be a great addition to the street. Not all independent travellers are undesirables, most are just people who can't afford high hotel prices, who are looking to meet other independent travellers. It is hard to make travel friends in hotel chains. I'm in my 30's and would gladly stay at a hostel if it were available, and I am a full time working professional. It will brighten up the street and hopefully be of the same high standard as the Gillygate. Which is now a great local pub. I am sure the local residents can apply for restrictions.[/p][/quote]At last someone without the York primitive prejudiced mindset. In my younger days I traveled to many places in SE Asia staying in inexpensive single accommodation, sometimes with a friendly gecko to keep down the mosquitoes. OK these were not hostels, but traveling light I could better appreciate the local sights and customs. There is a market for independent travelers and outside of the pub scene there needs to be places where visitors can interact with residents with like minds and understand each other better.[/p][/quote]And sleep 15 to a room full of drink....Perfect smudge2
  • Score: -66

7:41pm Wed 27 Aug 14

york_chap says...

If the place WAS used purely by 'independent world travellers' then I doubt most people would have much to worry/complain about (apart from the potential B.O. pong which might occasionally waft from the place when the windows were open).

The reality, however, as most people above have pointed out; is that many of the patrons will undoubtedly be boozed-up stag and hen parties from the North East, particularly at weekends. Central York already feels like the set of an episode of 'Geordie Shore' most Saturdays, so we certainly don't need this.
If the place WAS used purely by 'independent world travellers' then I doubt most people would have much to worry/complain about (apart from the potential B.O. pong which might occasionally waft from the place when the windows were open). The reality, however, as most people above have pointed out; is that many of the patrons will undoubtedly be boozed-up stag and hen parties from the North East, particularly at weekends. Central York already feels like the set of an episode of 'Geordie Shore' most Saturdays, so we certainly don't need this. york_chap
  • Score: -37

8:16pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

It's a gay friendly bar and a gay friend recently told me how he was thrown out for "skiing" in the toilets. Should add an extra dimension with all those beds ?
It's a gay friendly bar and a gay friend recently told me how he was thrown out for "skiing" in the toilets. Should add an extra dimension with all those beds ? Pinza-C55
  • Score: -67

9:04pm Wed 27 Aug 14

oi oi savaloy says...

Fabius the Delayer wrote:
into a hostel aimed at independent world travellers

or immigrant workers - Dhsss & Homeless

Dosshouse ?
nail on head
[quote][p][bold]Fabius the Delayer[/bold] wrote: into a hostel aimed at independent world travellers or immigrant workers - Dhsss & Homeless Dosshouse ?[/p][/quote]nail on head oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -95

12:45pm Thu 28 Aug 14

YOYOwhy? says...

WiseOldBob wrote:
Ah well: there goes the neighborhood.
What nobody seems to be falling over in stitches about is that the article reports them spending £500,000 refurbishing the place and it looks exactly the same dump as it did when it was the Speakeasy, several incarnations ago!
The £500,000 refurbishment relates to The Gillygate, not Monroe's.
[quote][p][bold]WiseOldBob[/bold] wrote: Ah well: there goes the neighborhood. What nobody seems to be falling over in stitches about is that the article reports them spending £500,000 refurbishing the place and it looks exactly the same dump as it did when it was the Speakeasy, several incarnations ago![/p][/quote]The £500,000 refurbishment relates to The Gillygate, not Monroe's. YOYOwhy?
  • Score: 8

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