Plans lodged to turn landmark in Burley-in-Wharfedale into homes

Ilkley Gazette: Burley House in Burley-in-Wharfedale Burley House in Burley-in-Wharfedale

The company behind the redevelopment of a village pub as houses has submitted plans to convert an 18th century Burley-in-Wharfedale landmark to new homes.

Yorparks Ltd, the company behind the conversion of The Malt Shovel in Burley, has drawn up plans with York and District Investment Company Ltd for a total of 15 homes at Burley House, Bradford Road.

The late-18th century house itself would be converted to nine homes under the scheme, and a former stable block and coaching house demolished to make way for six new houses.

A public consultation session took place in the village last month.

A planning application has now been submitted to Bradford Council and is open for public comment.

The house itself dates back to the late 1700s.

It became a hotel in the early 1900s and later uses included a nightclub and a restaurant, before it became offices. But it is claimed there is no significant demand for substantial offices of this type – and the general preference is for modern open-plan offices.

In a design and access statement, David R Bamford chartered architects said: “Returning the property to a residential use would appear the only solution to give this fine property a sustainable future.”

More than 30 people attended a public consultation session held at the St Mary’s Parish Centre in February, and the proposals were said to have been received positively.

The main house was previously used as offices for a development company, but has been out of use for several years. Attempts were made to let the buildings as offices. Listed building consent has also been applied for, as one building on site is Grade I listed, and two are Grade II listed.

The architects also worked on Yorparks’ scheme for redeveloping The Malt Shovel, which stands near to Burley House, on Main Street. The listed pub and hotel building is being converted to four homes, and a further five cottages are being built on the Malt Shovel’s car park.

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