The Grade-II Listed pub on Vernon Road to be turned into a single dwelling post its closure in January 2023. The owners mentioned that the Covid-19 pandemic had “decimated” the pub trade and the disused pub had failed to succeed with various licensees due to its location on a steep hill with low footfall.
The early 19th-century building will be transformed into a three-bedroom apartment on the ground floor with a “good-sized garden” at the back. No external alterations are planned, and minor internal changes will be made to partially reinstate a wall for room separation.
The applicant, a “highly experienced publican” with 13 other pubs, stated that the change in socializing habits, especially since the pandemic and cost of living crisis, has led to a decline in trips to the local pub. They also mentioned that Scarborough town center has an oversupply of low-cost pubs, which is not conducive to the viability of their establishment as a pub.
A council report noted that the vacant pub has been vandalized and would require substantial investment to make it commercially viable or convert it into a habitable space. A professional accountancy firm supported the view that a pub in the location was no longer viable.
The application to convert the pub was approved, subject to conditions, on January 16.