Controversial application to turn a local pub into a convenience store set to go before planners

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 12 Oct 2017

A controversial plan to turn a local pub into a Co-operative store is set to go before planners.

Plans to turn the Royal Oak pub in Barrow-upon-Humber into a convenience store has caused concern among local residents.

Now, the fresh application is to go before North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee.

Following a previous application being rejected in January 2017, the Co-op societyresubmitted an application to the local authority.

A spokesperson for the Co-op said: “If successful, a new store will have an in-store bakery, locally sourced products and a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials, as well as a cash machine.

“A number of new jobs will be created, which will be targeted at local residents and offer a variety of skills and training programmes.

“The new store will also bring a funding boost for community groups through the Co-op’s recently launched Membership scheme.

The Royal Oak public house, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire (Image: David Haber)

“Nearby stores are currently supporting Barton Junior Football Club, Barton-upon-Humber Lions Club and the Trinity Methodist Church.”

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“We value the views of the community and the re-submission of the planning application will allow residents and interested parties to register their views on our proposals.”

However, local residents have raised concerns regarding the application.

"They still plan to have aluminium windows right in the middle of the conservation area where other houses and businesses have been forced to install wooden ones," one said.

"The Royal Oak is one of the oldest buildings in Barrow and is a focal point of the Market Place and its heritage, so surely it should be subject to the same strict conservation area regulations."

The application seeks to change the use of the public house into a retail store with an extension.

Further proposals seek to external alterations and works to car park area, including some demolition works.

Planners will discuss the application next Wednesday (October 18).

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