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Plan to convert Silsden pub into houses
A Silsden pub could be transformed into housing.
Plans have been unveiled to turn the Grouse Inn into two semi-detached houses.
And permission is being sought to build a further five homes – four of them terraced and the other detached – in the car park.
Concerns have been raised about the possible impact of the scheme on the traffic situation in Keighley Road, where the site is situated.
Adrian Naylor, a Craven ward district councillor and member of Silsden Town Council, said: “This is already a very busy road, which is one of the reasons I have pressed for improvements to the pedestrian crossing near Elliott Street.
“There have been a number of schemes during the past year or so to provide more housing along Keighley Road – including the conversion of another pub, the Bridge – and this is creating an increasing number of exits and entrances and making traffic movements more difficult.”
But the agent for the scheme – Robert Hodgkiss – said consultations had taken place with the local highways authority.
“We have had discussions to ensure criteria over matters such as sight lines and entry to the site are met,” added Mr Hodgkiss, of The Drawing Board (UK) Ltd.
“The development would provide affordable housing and help fulfil some of the requirements of Bradford’s housing policy, and the character and appearance of the pub building – which is within a conservation area – would be retained.”
The development would include a turning space and parking for at least 15 vehicles.
Mr Hodgkiss added the Grouse was now operating predominantly as a restaurant, but over the years had been a pub and had seen various tenants.
A design and access statement, submitted with the planning application to Bradford Council, states the business had suffered from the economic downturn, and the building was showing signs of deterioration.
It adds the town is well served by pubs, restaurants and takeaways.
But Keighley & Craven Campaign for Real Ale said it was saddened at the potential loss of another pub.
A spokesman said: “While the Grouse has been more of a restaurant than a pub in recent times, its loss – so soon after the closure and conversion to housing of the Bridge less than a hundred yards away – would be sad.
“It would leave Silsden with only four pubs, all of them pub-chain owned. When a pub is lost and converted to housing, it never comes back.”
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