Here is a timeline of events that have occured to the Henry Jenkins Pub.
It will help to understand the long fight going on to obtain ownership of the Pub for the community and the long history we are aiming to save.
Henry Jenkins claimed to have been born.
Henry Jenkins Dies 9 December 1670 in Bolton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire.
Henry Jenkins claims to have been 169 years old at his death.
(The toilets for the Henry Jenkins, as was normal in those days, were exterior to the main building. In fact, the urinals were located at the far corner of the ‘eastern annexe’ where the gas store for the modern pub is located now – had been there for probably over 100 years.)
Joiner shop closed. Owned by Bob Clarkson
The Pub was left empty.
1966 – 1965
Pub owned by Theakstons and the “Eastern annexe” was leased out as a joinery shop. The dates of ownerships by Theakstons are not clear.
The Pub and the Joinery shop as one title was bought by the Kitching family from Theakstons.
We have no record of when Theakstons purchased it.
The joinery shop was use as storage for the Pub.
The Pub was bought by Gary Hudson and he incorporated the joinery shop into the Pub as it is today.
The Pub closed for trading in Easter 2011
David Fielder took ownership of the Pub from receivers in 2012 for £150 000 plus VAT.
The Pub owner David Fielder was witnessed and photographed completely stripping the interior of the pub, including the kitchen, bar, dining area, snug and toilets downstairs, and upstairs with complete removal of all living quarters walls, fixtures and commissioning of electrical system and burning parts in the yard and removing the remainder in a skip.
Photographs of the interio after interior stripping can be seen HERE.
FIRST PLANNING APPLICATION
On 12h April planning permission was applied for the demolition of a public house and outbuildings, and the erection of 4 no. dwellings (site area 0.09 hectares).
The application Ref 6.24.58.E.FUL,
You can view the application and comments on the Harrogate Borough Council site –
We have downloaded the main documents for the application and you can see on our First planning application – 12 April 2016 page.
The Kirkby Malzeard Parish Council took the decision in late 2016 to support the appellant’s planning application, stating “It is the opinion of the Council that it would not be economically feasible for anyone to refurbish and reopen the Henry Jenkins.”
A unanimous decision by Harrogate Borough Council’s Planning Committee February 28th, 2017 was made to refuse planning permission for demolition and development of the Henry Jenkins following a planning meeting and objections by over 90 persons.
You can view the minutes of the meeting and the “Reasons for Reusal” at https://localdemocracy.harrogate.gov.uk/opendocpack.asp?documentid=4182&meetingid=4707.
March 2017 Henry Jenkins rebranded as “offices” in an attempt to get round planning refusal. Pubs have permitted development rights to change use, although it does not have to be genuine. While the Pub is externally rebranded as a Real Estate Office with a sign and some posters for houses for sale i the windows, there is no attempt to fix up the destroyed interior or add fire and safety requirements so the change of use is an attempt to change the status by the owner.
Before this move by the owner can be challenged, the Pub is listed as an Asset of Community Value. This stops change of use.
The Henry Jenkins listed as Asset of Community Value by HBC.
A Harrogate Borough Council internal review of the ACV decision was requested by the owner, David Fielder.
The decision to list the pub was upheld and the ACV remained.
Henry Jenkins Community Co-op approved for “fully funded support” by the Plunkett Foundation which supports community buy outs of Pubs in the UK.
On 20th October 2017 the owner of the Henry Jenkins David Fielder submits for an appeal against the Harrogate Borough Council planning decision to reject the application to demolish the Henry Jenkins and build 4 houses.
The HJCC makes a fully-funded offer to buy the pub for £180,000, its full market value, as determined by professional valuation report.
The offer was declined by the owner.
On 22 February 2018, John Morrison, Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State, made the decision to dismiss the appeal made by David Fiedler and uphold the Councils original ruling to unanimously reject an application to develop the Henry Jenkins.
You can view the details of the appeal and download the appeal results report – http://btckstorage.blob.core.windows.net/site14844/DECISION%203184236%20.pdf
2018 – March
SECOND PLANNING APPLICATION
A new planning application is received by the Harrogate Borough Council on 9 March 2018 for Change of use of a sold off portion of the Henry Jenkins from Public house to dwelling.
The planning application can be viewed on the HBC website https://uniformonline.harrogate.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=externalDocuments&keyVal=P5KQQPHY08L00 – and a copy of the most relevant information we have published on this website – April 2018 Planning Application
We have downloaded the main documents for the application and you can see on our Second planning application – April 2018 page.
2018 – May
HJCC submit interim results of Opinion Survey for verification by Kirkby Malzeard, Laverton & Dallowgill Parish Council.
This shows that 78% or respondents support HJCC’s plans for community buyout and regeneration of HJ as traditional bar and cafe/ bistro with b&b.
So far pledges have been made to buy community shares to the value of £103, 600. This is in addition to £180,000 placed in HJCC’s account by supporters to fund the purchase.
2018 – May
Closing date for objections to the March 2018 planning application is 18th May.
You can register and make your appeal on the Council site – https://uniformonline.harrogate.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=externalDocuments&keyVal=P5KQQPHY08L00
We also have a page to help you with objecting – Objecting to the April 2018 planning application
2018 – August
THIRD PLANNING APPLICATION
A third planning application is made on the cut off section of the Henry Jenkins. The application is almost identical to the second planning application.
We have downloaded the main documents for the application and you can see on our Third planning application – November 2018 page.