By Amelia Riley
Campaigners fighting to save a historic pub in Harrogate have dealt with another blow.
At the centre of a long-fought battle between villagers and developers since closure in 2011, The Henry Jenkins Inn at Kirkby Malzeard has been removed as an asset of community value by Harrogate Borough Council.
Members of the community pub group have been campaigning to reinstate the protected status of the 18th century building, but a third attempt has been refused.
Richard Sadler, group chairman, delivered a petition to the council in October and has said villagers were “dismayed” by the latest decision.
“The council cut our feet from under us by delisting part of the pub… now they have turned their backs on us again.
“This is despite overwhelming support of local residents, local businesses, the parish council and our local ward councillor for our plans to bring back this much-loved facility as a revitalised pub, bistro and coffee shop.”
After raising around £237,000 in share pledges, the group wants to buy and take over the running of the pub. Their hope was to gain the asset of community value status which, had it been approved, would have meant part of the pub was protected from a change of use or demolition.
However, the pub will remain in the ownership of the developers, following the latest refusal, who were granted planning permission to convert part of it into a home after an appeal in 2018.
A council spokesperson explained the latest decision to refuse the protected status, saying: “After careful consideration, it was determined that the nomination for the Henry Jenkins Public House – eastern part was unsuccessful as there was insufficient information provided to determine that;
“There was a time in the recent past when an actual use of the building or other land that was not an ancillary use furthered the social wellbeing or interests of the local community.
“It was realistic to think that there is a time in the next five years when there could be a non-ancillary use of the building which will further – whether or not in the same way – the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community.”