Deli plans at Calverley pub thwarted by council

Rear of The Thornhill Arms in Calverley. Photo: Google

The owners of a historic West Leeds pub have been refused planning permission to transform a disused outbuilding into a new deli.

The Thornhill Arms in Calverley had applied for permission from Leeds City Council last summer to re-roof the stable block to the rear of the site and turn it into a new deli and bar serving a range of home-made and locally produced food.

But council planners have rejected the application as ‘unsympathetic’ and refused planning permission.

A council report says the proposals would ‘harm the character and appearance of a landmark building within the Conservation Area through unsympathetic alterations with a lack of information provided to fully assess the impacts’.

Significant highways safety concerns were raised in relation to parking, and other concerns included the ridge replacementĀ of the roof, the use of floor sealant with a company logo, intensification of the site and its affect on neighbouring amenity.

A heritage statement submitted by the applicant said the stable block at the Listed pub off Town Gate was in poor condition

The Thornill Arms is a Grade II Listed building which dates back to around 1800.

The plansĀ can be viewed in full here and here.


  1. Yet another example of LCC failing to reach pragmatic planning decisions for the benefit of the community and local business. Much better off having a dilapidated stable block than helping a local employer to diversify and recover from the difficult economic climate


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