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Developers ask for permission to demolish former pub
10:31am Friday 15th March 2013 in News
DEVELOPERS have asked for swift clearance to demolish a former York pub after claiming it is a safety risk and a magnet for crime.
The owners of the Huntington Road site where the Yearsley Grove stands say the empty building has been regularly targeted by thieves looking to steal cable, despite North Yorkshire Police saying they have had no reports of crimes there since September 2011.
Moorside Developments Limited, which has applied for permission from City of York Council to knock down the building, said it had already served a demolition notice on the authority but had been told its planning department also had to assess the matter. In a letter to the authority’s planning department, the York-based firm asked for its application to be dealt with “as a matter of urgency”.
“Our concern for this site is one of health and safety, not only for the criminals who continue to break into the site to rip cables and anything they can from the building, but for local children who also seem to want to break in,” said the letter from Moorside’s managing director, Craig Smith.
“We are obviously taking all reasonable steps to keep them out, but this is a building which is in a poor state of repair, boarded up and dark inside. We are concerned for their welfare and that they could be seriously injured, particularly the children.”
Mr Smith’s letter said the firm had been told it needed to check whether specific planning permission was needed for the former pub building to be demolished, and to allow officers to study a “method statement” outlining how the work would be done. Moorside said the building was not listed or in a conservation area and risk assessments had been carried out.
North Yorkshire Police confirmed it had received two reports of criminal damage and one of theft at the site between September 2010 and September 2011, but no reports of crimes since then. In 2011, the pub was earmarked for refurbishment by Enterprise Inns, but has since closed.