Corner House and Punch Bowl: update

Boarded-up pub

The Corner House pub awaits its glorious future as a Tesco store. It has already been renamed, apparently. Amazing how quickly that was done. On official records like the council’s planning pages it may still be known as The Corner House, 165-167 Burton Stone Lane, but in recent weeks it has appeared on property websites under the new name of ‘Tesco Investment’.

In recent days, more details have become available. The property is being sold for £725,000 and a 20-year lease to Tesco is in place. They’re getting the first six months rent free. Is that a common arrangement? I’ve got no idea. Anyway, it’s opening in the spring, apparently, and will look like that image above. Or something like it. Not sure that doorway arrangement with aisles running diagonally from the corner is an accurate representation. There’ll be a planning application at some point with more detail, presumably. There must be some kind of planning application at some stage, surely.

No steam engine or slaughterhouse

The PDFs available on that link above are worth a look, particularly the Register Plans document, as it gives us a bit of the history of this plot of land, this place where a pub was since the 1930s. The old deeds contain some rules about what’s not allowed:

‘NO steam engine furnace blacksmiths shop slaughterhouse or building for the purpose of carrying on any offensive trade or manufacture shall be erected built used or kept upon the pieces or parcels of land intended to be hereby conveyed … The Purchaser shall not excavate for gravel sand or other materials to be used in the making of roads or otherwise nor use any clay for the manufacturing of bricks which may be found in the pieces or parcels of land’

Source (PDF)

Meanwhile, at the Punch Bowl

Elsewhere, slightly more hopeful signs that this ‘suddenly there’s a Tesco’ thing won’t be able to keep happening unchecked.

Here on my patch, not far away from the Corner House/Tesco Investment, is the Punch Bowl, also previously discussed. Campaigners are hoping to give some protection to it and other pubs through an Article 4 Direction.

Though the council hasn’t yet decided whether it’s prepared to go for an Article 4 Direction, as the meeting to decide that has been postponed (decision due at a meeting this week, apparently), there was a motion from Cllr D’Agorne on the subject at the council meeting on Thursday just gone. (Point (iv) in this document (PDF)).

‘Council calls on Cabinet to follow the example of other councils by swiftly introducing an Article 4 exemption to GPDO 1995 so as to require application for planning permission for such change of use within the boundary of the City of York, starting with the Punch Bowl in the Groves as an urgent priority. In addition Council supports the provision of advice to local groups on how to register their local pub as a ‘community asset’, identifying key social assets in local communities that need to be protected.’

It was followed by an interesting discussion with general agreement.

If this is the new style ‘fresh start’ politics then I hope we see more of it.

Here’s the video of the relevant part of the meeting, with this motion and discussion at 1 hr 15 mins in (or cued to start in the right place on this link.

If you’d like to encourage the council to put the Article 4 Direction in place, you might like to send an email to politely indicating that you support this idea and would like them to get on with it before the Punch Bowl turns into a Tesco.

Personally I think it’s about time more attention was paid to things like this, to what’s going on beyond the city walls in the wider area where most of the council tax payers live, and I’m hoping that part of the ‘fresh start’ we’re supposed to be having will see the council doing that.

Too late for the Corner House, sadly.

Thanks to Nick and Bryan for updates.

More information: Article 4 Direction

The council has apparently already approved an Article 4 Direction in 2011 to try to control another issue, that of houses being turned into HMOs. More information here. They’re used for many different purposes, and are apparently used a lot in Brighton and Hove to protect heritage assets.

And here’s a very helpful article on the subject, with context and background.

More on the Corner House/Marston’s/Tesco situation

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