Major town centre re-development scheme

Henry Thirsk, proprietor of The Feathers Hotel, in Pocklington.
Henry Thirsk, proprietor of The Feathers Hotel, in Pocklington.

Major plans are afoot to re-develop part of Pocklington Town Centre, which would enhance one of the town’s most popular hotels and create new jobs.

Henry Thirsk, proprietor of The Feathers Hotel, on Market Place, and Jonathan Atkinson, of Broadvale Developments, have joined forces and submitted a detailed planning application to East Riding Council for the £3million scheme.

The plans would see a new building constructed at The Feathers to provide 10 new double en-suite bedrooms, one of which will be designed specifically for the disabled.

Mr Thirsk said: “Pocklington is an expanding and thriving market town that would benefit from first class additional bedroom facilities.”

It is also proposed to integrate, under ‘The Feathers umbrella’, the former Oddfellows Arms pub, on Union Street, which is to be renamed Stamford Lodge. This will provide a further four en-suite bedrooms. The ground floor will continue as a bar and restaurant after refurbishment.

In addition, a new ‘pavilion’ style building, to be named ‘The Lodge’, is planned for within the grounds to provide a new facility for the town which could be utilised for conferences and functions. Provision is also being made on site for additional car parking.

The project would create the equivalent of 12 new full-time jobs.

Mr Thirsk added: “A major refurbishment program is currently underway which, together with the proposals, will continue to improve and enhance the comprehensive facilities The Feathers has to offer to Pocklington and its visitors”.

Mr Atkinson said: “We are pleased to be working together with Henry in respect of this important town centre re-development.”

As well as The Feathers proposals, there are also plans to demolish the commercial buildings at 29 New Street that have suffered from vandalism in recent years together with the demolition of 31 New Street.

Mr Atkinson commented: “This will provide the opportunity to rejuvenate New Street with the building of nine new traditional two and three bedroom dwellings. These would complement in design the new Feathers facilities and the existing streetscene.”

The picture identifies the proposed layout of the development site. The area coloured salmon pink identifies the proposed housing layout.

The area coloured yellow identifies the new hotel bedrooms and ‘Lodge’.

Last week, the Post revealed that The Young People Count charity, which has been running a centre and cafe at the former Oddfellows Arms pub, is aiming to raise £40,000 for a new centre now that there are plans to bring the pub back into use as a bar and restaurant.

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