BRIDGE ROAD CLOSURE
On the 6th March there will be an overnight closure of Bridge Road, where it crosses the river, from 10.00pm until 07.00am, to allow access for site vehicles to work safely. The whole of the bridge will be closed to vehicles but pedestrian access will be maintained
The works are required to prevent damage to the piers during periods of heavy rainfall and flooding. Large sacks of rock armour will be lowered down and placed on the bed of the river at various locations around the masonry piers, providing protection from fast flowing water
Suitable river levels are required for divers to access the water safely, so if significant rainfall does occur on this day then the works may be postponed until the week after. Residents should allow extra time for travelling if they are leaving their properties after 10pm. The diversion is via Wetherby or Tadcaster.
The TESCO Planning application for a Certificate of Lawful Use of Existing Development (CLUED) was refused by Leeds City Council some months ago but Tesco have just appealed to the Planning Inspectorate against this decision This means that a Public Inquiry will be held some time in the spring or early summer at which Leeds City Council and Tesco will go head to head in front of an Inspector appointed by the Government The nub of the argument is all to do with the planning status of the former Crown Hotel. Tesco wish to try and prove that it was just a pub or "drinking establishment" with some occasional letting bedrooms available mainly on a bed and breakfast basis. In other words the accommodation side was only a relatively minor part of the pub business. In planning terms under legislation a "drinking establishment" is classed as A4 Retail use which would allow any lower A class Retail use to be created without any planning consent required for a change of use.
The City Council took the view, based upon an independent barrister's opinion and evidence submitted by the Parish Council and a local resident, that the accommodation side was a more significant element of the business so that it was not purely a "drinking establishment". The definition therefore was taken as "sui generis" which effectively means a unique class or, in layma's terms, it was a mixed use To create an A1 Retail use therefore would require a Change of Use application to be made by Tesco.
Although it is called a Public Inquiry that only means that the public can attend and listen in to the arguments between the opposing barristers and their witnesses. However the City Council would like to find some additional and local witnesses who could attest to the use that they or their families or friends made of the Crown's accommodation business before it was closed down by Enterprise Inns. If you have such knowledge or know someone who does please do get in touch with the Clerk by e-mail or by telephoning 01937 843956
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