The TESCO Planning application for a Certificate of Lawful Use of Existing Development (CLUED) has been refused by Leeds City Council. This means that TESCO cannot proceed with the proposed conversion of the Crown Hotel to create a Tesco Express store, similar to the one newly opened in Collingham. There are still two outstanding planning applications for internal alterations to the listed building part of the site and for a small extension at the back to house air conditioning units. By a quirk in the planning regulations it is likely that Leeds will have to approve these applications, if Tesco refuse to withdraw them, but they will be useless on their own as they cannot be implemented without that all important change of use.
As a result of this decision Tesco will have three choices,
1 they can appeal against the refusal of the CLUED
2 they can submit a change of use application OR
3 they can withdraw their interest in Boston Spa
Only time will tell which route they will choose.
The Parish Council has recently gained access to an old safe in the Village Hall and discovered a whole host of old records, Minute books, correspondence etc relating to the Council over the past 100+ years. It would like to research and then ensure that these records can be maintained for future generations and possibly publish some of the more interesting items on this website.
To help in this process it would be very pleased indeed if any resident had experience in archives or knew of any Archivist who may be prepared to help with that research or at least offer advice on how best to approach the subject. If you can help in any way please contact the Clerk in the first instance using this LINK
The new ENGAGE page is now up and running giving you the opportunity to engage with the Parish Council and the community in a "forum" where your views and ideas can be discussed with other residents. Two subjects have already been listed so why not have a look and join in the debate.