Latest News: Asset delisting does not mark the end


“We have been informed that Harrogate Borough Council has decided to delist the Yorkshire Lass as an Asset of Community Value, following appeal from the current property owners.

We are naturally disappointed given the original positive listing decision and the phenomenal support and backing from the local community. The listing awarded certain rights to the local community and essentially these have now been removed.

This certainly does not mark the end for the Yorkshire Lass. Over the years planning matters have been fraught with issues, and this is likely to still the case moving forward. What’s more, the fact the property was originally listed as an Asset of Community Value is now written in its history, regardless of the current status.

The owners have recently stated they wish to dispose of the property.  Prior to it being delisted, we had submitted our expression of interest in acquiring it, in accordance with the procedures applicable to Community Assets.

We still believe that this building and the local community it once used to serve deserve more. We have an obligation to everyone who has shown support to keep going with this, and we intend to do so. The delisting doesn’t change anything about the vision we have, what we are trying to achieve, or the passion and drive we have for doing it.

It was never our intention to cause a stir and do nothing – we are fully committed to exploring all options to avoid demolition with the interests of the local community at heart, and plans are progressing. With this in mind it’s ‘business as usual’ for us and over the coming months we plan to speak to and work with the local councils, businesses, residents, and the current property owners to achieve the very best possible outcome for all stakeholders.

We believe the Yorkshire Lass can be an iconic statement for Knaresborough and for Yorkshire and we want to do all we can to do justice to its legacy, bring it to life, and give it back to the local community as a vibrant community hub, arts centre and tourist destination.”



*My Yorkshire Lass Limited is a Company Limited by Guarantee that was incorporated on 16th January 2015 for the sole purpose of pursuing the purchase, development and future operation of the Yorkshire Lass former public house in Knaresborough. Company number 9392967.

We Did It! She’s a Community Asset!

photo 2I’m so over the blinkin’ moon to announce that last week Harrogate Borough Council approved the application to formally register The Yorkshire Lass as an ‘Asset of Community Value’.

To find out more about what this actually means, see here.

When I heard the news, I screamed. Loudly. A lot! I’d hoped and hoped and hoped they would do this. I so hoped someone at HBC would see what I see, and blood, sweat and tears went into the nomination form. I had lots of doubts and the criteria was a bit of a worry, but I believed it was important to try.

Here’s what it says on the HBC website:

The definition of Community Value

A building or land in a local authority’s area will be listed as an asset of community value if, in the opinion of Harrogate Borough Council:

  • current primary use of the building/land or use of the building/land in the recent past furthers the social well-being or social interests (cultural, recreational, or sporting interests) of the local community
  • it is realistic to think that now or in the next five years there could continue to be primary use of the building/land which will further the social well-being or social interests of the local community (whether or not in the same way as before)

This is an amazing achievement. Yes, it’s a small step on an undoubtedly challenging journey, but it feels like a giant leap to kick-start the whole process. The best thing about all this is that some people were quick to rubbish this vision to save the former pub. It’s just an old pub. It looks a right state. It’s not worth saving it. Really?

I’ve always believed this place still has a beating heart and so much more to give. I see oodles of community value, potential and opportunity. And now I know that, not only am I not alone, but there’s a whole local army and even some ‘powers that be’ that see it too. Incredible.

This decision by HBC is like a big ‘high five’ to everyone that has given a damn. If you’ve posted a comment, signed the petition, contacted me, told your friends, or even just followed the story so far… You really did help make this happen. Thank you so much to all of you.

So, let’s crack on and see where this road takes us from here… There are a number of other things in the pipeline at the moment – I’ll keep you all posted.

And here’s a big, overexcited *high five* from me! 🙂

Rachel x


I’d like to say a special thanks to:

  • David Kaye & Knaresborough Civic Society
  • Andrew Jones MP
  • And my fellow Yorkshire Lass Project Team lovelies, Jane Beasley & Phil Harvey, who have believed in me and wholeheartedly supported all this craziness since I first told them over a beer.

Comments posted on online petition

Image030XThere have been some fab comments posted on the online petition at Here are some of them:

“Knaresborough is being spoilt by loss of its tradition. Stop people who allow buildings to fall into disrepair to manipulate the planning system. Housing development here would be only the beginning of another sad story for the town.” – Margaret d.

“This is a great pub in an ideal location for visitors and locals alike. It served great food. It’s a part of Knaresborough history. Save it- it could be an asset for years to come.” – David C.

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“It’s literally the place I met my now wife” – Email received

photo 4I received another email from Colin Spiers, whose parents owed the pub for almost 20 years until it closed. He met his wife there!:
“I’ve had the link to your campaign sent to me about 12 times in the last 24 hours so thought I’d best send my best wishes of support! You’ll probably remember our paths crossed earlier this year via the Hope & Social event (I’m the manager at Montey’s) but a vast chunk of my childhood, and indeed the reason I ended up living in Yorkshire, is entirely down to the Yorkshire Lass! My parents owned the pub for just short of 20 years from about 1988 until 2007 and were the last people to have it open and trading.

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“I used to live in the pub as a child” – Email received

photo 2I received this lovely email from someone who recalls living in the pub in the 70s & 80s, when it was “The Moray Arms”. Lovely memories – Scotch pies and haggis and neeps 🙂 :
“I read with great interest your campaign to keep the Yorkshire Lass as a pub, which I support whole heartedly.
I used to live in the pub as a child, when it was known as “The Moray Arms” from approximately 1974 to 1980.   My father was called Moray Irvine and he named the pub. My father was born in Scotland and was very proud of his roots, hence the whole pub was decorated with tartan.   There was a tartan carpet and my father wore tartan trousers.  Scotch pies and haggis and neeps were on the food menu.

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Please Sign The ‘Save The Yorkshire Lass’ Online Petition

cropped-yl-logo.jpgThanks for your support of the ‘Save The Yorkshire Lass’ campaign to date! Momentum is continuing to build and is great to see all the evidence of community passion for this landmark building coming together.

If you’ve left a comment on the, thank you. I will put ALL comments in front of Harrogate Borough Council and it WILL add weight to our case.

I’ve now set up an online petition, so that people can pledge support by way of a very simple signature. Please take 2 mins to sign this, and let’s show the council the volume of support we have:

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