Victory for JDW in three-year dispute

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JD Wetherspoon has won a three-year battle with planners and conservationists to develop an historic north Yorkshire pub. Councillors at Skipton have...

JD Wetherspoon has won a three-year battle with planners and conservationists to develop an historic north Yorkshire pub. Councillors at Skipton have at last given the go-ahead for the conversion of the town's grade-II listed 18th-century Devonshire Hotel. Wetherspoon said it was confident work could soon start on the £1.3m scheme if the project is formally ratified by the Secretary of State. It will bring to an end one of the longest and most protracted planning applications with which Wetherspoon has ever been involved. The building, which has a number of protected interior items, enjoys special historic and architectural interest status. During the three-year saga, Wetherspoon twice had planning applications turned down and was forced to withdraw plans on two other occasions. In the end it employed a specialist conservation architect to redraw the plans to the satisfaction of the planners. Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said the company was delighted with the council's decision. "This has been one of the longest planning applications we have ever made, but we have successfully converted more than 40 other listed buildings and remain confident we can make the Devonshire Hotel a credit to the town," he said.

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