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National Park Authority seeks steps to resolve former pub dilemma

Former pub the Plough Inn FadmoorFormer pub the Plough Inn Fadmoor

16 July 2020

Members of the North York Moors National Park Authority have deferred a proposed planning application to change a former pub in Fadmoor into a combination of holiday lets and local needs housing.

During a Planning Committee, held by video link on 16 July, members took into consideration both the strength of local opinion against the proposal and the owner’s desire to seek a new use for the previously named Plough Inn.

The former public house had been a village pub for over 200 years but was closed by its current owners in 2011 as it was deemed unviable. In 2013, the residents of the village registered the premises as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) with Ryedale District Council (RDC) and have actively tried to find either a purchaser for the pub or buy it themselves to run as a community pub. This ACV was renewed in 2019.

Since that time locals have put together a Community Benefit Society, Fadmoor Community Pub Limited, which they claim has a viable plan to purchase the premises on behalf of the community. RDC has also been approached to consider the use of compulsory purchase powers available to it to purchase the site, which remains under consideration.

Arguments for the proposal state that it is unviable for this premises to return to its former use as there is another pub, The Royal Oak, less than a mile away in the village of Gillamoor. Further arguments also claim that the conversion into holiday cottages and local needs housing would bring much needed jobs and housing to the local economy and that the pub wasn’t used enough by locals when it was open.

In light of both arguments, the Authority has made the decision to defer the application and will now pay for an economic viability assessment to confirm whether or not the Plough Inn could once more be brought back into use as a viable public house. It will also request that RDC confirms whether or not they are pursuing a Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO), to back up their listing of the building as an Asset of Community Value, which would enable the council to obtain the property to make it available for the local community to run as a public house.

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Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

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01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 8 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

Further information about the North York Moors National Park and other press releases are available here: northyorkmoors.org.uk