Fears history of Guiseley pub will be lost to shops plan

Wharfedale Observer: The Regent pub in Guiseley The Regent pub in Guiseley

A remnant of a pub’s likely history as a coaching inn is in danger of being lost if alterations are allowed, councillors will be told.

Leeds planners are being urged to refuse an application to turn a historic pub into three shops.

A report to the city’s Plans Panel South and West says alterations at the Regent pub in Guiseley would lead to the loss of a blocked coach door relating back to its probable past history as a coaching inn on the turnpike road.

The scheme is being put forward for the ground floor of the premises on Otley Road.

But a report to the panel says: “The proposed extension fails to respect the character and historic features of the front elevation of this positive building. It would result in the loss of the entire ground floor of the facade, destroying its important architectural features.

“These include the front porch with its stone steps, panelled door and fan light above, as well as the stone pilasters and moulded stone cornice which frames the porch.

“Also the arch headed windows matching those of the first floor which create a well balanced and attractive facade would also be lost. The façade also features a blocked coach door relating to the likely past history of the building as a coaching inn on the turnpike road.

“All these features would be lost by the proposed front extension.”

Councillors will be advised to refuse the application on the grounds that it would result in the loss of the original façade at ground floor level, with the loss of important architectural features which make a significant contribution to the character and appearance of the building and the Guiseley Conservation Area.

Members will also be advised that the scheme would be detrimental to highway safety because of the loss of off-street parking and inadequate manoeuvring space for vehicles.

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