Homes plans resubmitted for Bay Horse pub in Barlby

York Press: Homes plans resubmitted for village pub Homes plans resubmitted for village pub

PLANS to demolish a Selby village pub and build 13 new homes have been resubmitted weeks after they were turned down.

An application to demolish the Bay Horse in Barlby was rejected in February when Enterprise Inns were told they had not been able to show that the pub was not viable as a business or that there were alternatives within walking distance.

Almost 600 people had signed a petition to keep the venue open.

The outline application was resubmitted this month as developers claimed the council refused the scheme at a time when the nearby New Inn had closed, removing an alternative for customers.

They said: "Since then, the New Inn Public House has reopened and we therefore seek to resubmit the planning application. As this was the only reason for refusal, the application details remain the same."

New objections have been logged on the council's planning website by local residents.

One is from Debbie Shepherd who said: "The Bay Horse is a vital part of the Barlby community and it is disgraceful to the residents of Barlby for this pub to be pulled down. It has brought many people together and through the 2000 floods it was a great support.

"There are football teams,darts and pool teams run from this pub and as this village is growing and growing, surely this pub is a vital part of Barlby?"

Kevin Keaveny, pub preservation officer for CAMRA , has also lodgeed an objection, and said the pub could be "a sustainable business", and was one of "the main social hubs" of the village.

He said: "With a village the size and shape of Barlby it should and has supported two pubs and your previous refusal of this application proved that the planning committee believed it should be retained."

Mr Keaveny said classing the Wadkin Arms in Osgodby or the New Inn as alternatives was "stretching things slightly", as one is accessed by crossing the A19, and the other is "a good distance away", and older or less mobile customers could struggle to reach them.

A decision is expected on the plans at the end of May.

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