Country pub will not be converted into houses

Plans to turn the Bosville Arms at Rudston into five houses have been turned down by councillors.
Plans to turn the Bosville Arms at Rudston into five houses have been turned down by councillors.

Efforts to save a country pub have succeeded, as councillors have refused permission for the Bosville Arms at Rudston into houses.

The application to convert the pub, adjoining B&B and manager’s flat into five properties with car parking spaces had drawn much criticism from the local community.

The pub closed in 2015 and was on the market for around a year but did not attracted any reasonable offers and was said to be no longer financially viable.

However, at a meeting on Monday, councillors said the owner had not demonstrated that the pub had been marketed properly or that other uses had been fully explored.

Rudston Parish Council had strongly objected to the plans, and had presented a petition signed by 36 residents.

They did not want to see the village lose a building which could be used to benefit the community, and pointed out that pubs in neighbouring villages Kelk, Kilham and Harpham were all flourishing.

The East Yorkshire branch of CAMRA also said it opposed the proposal but a report by council officers said: “There does not appear to be any proposals for alternative uses of the building as a community facility and it is considered that there is insufficient demand to support any such alternative use.”

A decision was deferred in August for councillors to visit the site but members of the Eastern Area Planning Sub-Committee this week refused the application.