Plans to turn village pub into a pharmacy

The Greyhound Inn, in Dunnington.
The Greyhound Inn, in Dunnington.

A village pub has been taken over by a businessman who plans to turn it into a pharmacy and flats.

The Greyhound Inn in Dunnington, which closed recently, has been bought by Elliot Goran, who has applied to City of York Council for permission to turn the pub into a pharmacy, with two residential flats above.

Documents submitted with the planning application claim nobody has shown interest in re-opening the pub since it was put on the market by its previous owners, pub company Enterprise Inns.

In a design and access statement, the applicant wrote: “The Greyhound has had a succession of temporary tenants over the past few years, none of whom has been able to make it viable.

“Over the past six months of marketing, there has been no interest from any other prospective public house operator – only those wishing to convert the property into residential use have expressed interest.”

The papers suggest that the main reason Greyhound has struggled is because of competition from the nearby Cross Keys, on Common Road, which is a larger pub.

The papers also say that Mr Goran is looking for an alternative home for his pharmacy business, which currently trades further up York Road in a property where the lease is due to expire soon.

While the pub does not need planning permission to be converted into a pharmacy, permission is required to make changes to the front facade and to sub-divide the existing home to create another flat above.