Remnants of historic Guiseley inn 'at risk in shops plan'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Regent pub in Otley Road, Guiseley The Regent pub in Otley Road, 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 by planning officers to refuse an application to turn the historic Regent pub in Guiseley into three shops.

A report to the Council’s plans panel south and west says alterations at the pub in Otley Road 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 and has also provoked an objection by Leeds Civic Trust.

A report by planning officers 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 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 be lost.”

Councillors will be advised to refuse the application on the grounds that it would result in the loss of the original facade and important architectural features.

Members will also be advised that the scheme would be detrimental to highway safety because of the loss of off-street parking.

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