A LANDMARK pub on a busy Harrogate street is set to become a Sainsbury’s convenience store.
The Mile Post on Leeds Road could be converted and extended if plans submitted by Marstons are approved by Harrogate planners.
There is already opposition to the plans. Jim Brook, from nearby Mallinson Crescent, said: “Our British pubs are closing at an alarming rate whilst supermarkets keep selling cheap alcohol often as a ‘loss leader’.
“There are also at least two empty shops nearby on Leeds Road without shutting the only pub in the area or jeopardising some of the other local shops with unnecessary further competition.”
Although the company does not need permission for the change of use, which is classed as permitted development, it has also applied for consent for an extension to the north of the building.
The facade and footprint of the building would stay, along with eight of the nine parking spaces.
Inside, the sales area on the ground floor would be 263m sq, with 96m sq of back office space. The first floor space would be reduced from 116m sq to 107m sq and the basement area would be expanded.
The main entrance and exit for customers would be on Leeds Road, but delivery lorries would enter the car park from Leeds Road and leave via Mount Street. The planning application states the store would be open seven days a week from 7am to 11pm and up to 20 full- and part-time jobs would be created, compared to the five people currently employed at the pub.
To view or comment on the application, visit www.harrogate.gov.uk/planning and use reference 11/00803/FUL.