Planning

Pubs planning matters – Unadopted footpaths.

Pub extensions: Retrospective planning applications.

INCLUDED in the East Riding of Yorkshire Council planning portal this week are two retrospective applications from local pubs. Both seek planning permission for extensions already constructed.

Planning comments online
You can comment on planning applications online at the ERYC Planning Access website

During the lockdown, pubs were closed, but as restrictions eased, they could opt to use beer gardens but also outdoor areas (car parks, terraces, etc) as trading spaces. Both the Shakespeare Inn (Punch pubs) in Hedon and the New Royal Mail (independent micropub) in Thorngumbald developed their outdoor areas. They now have to formally apply for planning permission albeit retrospectively.

Information on the Shakespeare Inn application is at reference 21/00859/PLF and the New Royal Mail at 21/01612/PLF. Whilst the expectation is that the applications will be dealt with sympathetically, it’s not guaranteed that they will be approved. So customers can still write in and offer supporting comments.

Find out more about the planning applications at the East Riding Public Access website and search for relevant references.


Unadopted footpaths.

Mr Dave Ellis of Hedon wrote to the Holderness Gazette (June 10 2021) and highlighted the problem with ‘unadopted’ paths.

“There are a number of unadopted footpaths in Hedon, some like Love Lane, near Johnson’s Corner car park are ‘informal’ short cuts. One of which is paved is Blue Ball Entry footpath which goes between George Street and Iveson car park and is well used. Many paving slabs are uneven, especially in front of the entrance to Hedon Museum. 

“Retired Councillor Allan Marshall tried to get this resolved when he was Mayor of Hedon but was unable to achieve this during his term in office. Neither Hedon Town Council or East Riding of Yorkshire Council are willing to take maintenance responsibilities which leaves visitors, especially the elderly and infirm vulnerable to a fall when visiting Hedon Museum.

“I am writing to ask if both residents and visitors who use Hedon Museum to write to Hedon Town Council to express their concerns about the safety of this footpath.”

If a road or footpath is unadopted, this means it is considered a private lane and therefore is not maintained by the local authority. Where there is no clear owner of such roads/lanes/alleys the presumption when challenged, is that they are the responsibility of those owners of property fronting the unadopted area. However, local authorities may choose to adopt roads/lanes/alleys that they are not currently responsible for maintaining. This is purely a matter of local decision-making. As indicated above, the legal determination of ‘ownership’ and ‘responsibility can be complex.

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