“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.