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Lairgate bar plan is rejected

East Riding of Yorkshire councillors have rejected plans to convert two adjoining shops in Lairgate, Beverley, into a bar. The proposal concerned numbers 2 and 4 Lairgate, currently occupied by Pasha Turkish Barber’s and the John W Adams stationery business. In making their decision at a meeting of the eastern area planning sub-committee, councillors were told in a report by planning officers that the proposals would result in “a further and unacceptable decrease in the amount of retail frontage” at a key town centre location.

Officers said the level of non-retail use of property in the town’s primary shopping area was already 38 per cent against a target of just 25 per cent. The report stated: “Whilst it is accepted a drinking establishment could contribute to the evening and night-time economy, there are already a high number in close proximity and the contribution off a further drinking establishment would offer little further benefit in this location. Beverley Town Council and Beverley Civic Society opposed the scheme.