By David Miller
AN HISTORIC Dewsbury town centre pub could be closed down and turned into shops, The Press can reveal.
The Cedric Tapps pub in Northgate, which dates back more than a century, is to be shut by the building’s new owner Muhammed Idris.
He and agent Rob Campbell, of Normantonbased Hallcroft Consulting Ltd, have had talks with Kirklees Council about turning it into retail units.
The pub is in a Conservation Area and The Press understands no planning application has yet been made regarding a possible change of use.
Mr Idris bought the building from Punch Taverns in April. Licensee Richard Hart agreed to a monthtomonth tenancy deal.
He was handed an eviction notice last week but is now being allowed to stay on until at least the end of September.
Mr Hart, who lives in the flat upstairs, faces losing his home and business.
The Press attempted to contact Mr Idris but a message on his mobile phone said: “This number is not accepting calls. Please try again later.”
Mr Campbell, when asked about the plans, said the matter was not of public interest and The Press had no right to know what was going on.
He added he would not discuss what shops Mr Idris wants to open for reasons of client and commercial confidentiality.
But he admitted to talks with Kirklees Council and said: “Planning officers have told us all we’d have to keep is the exterior.”
Dewsbury’s historic Market House pub closed several years ago and was converted into offices by developer Robert Stayton.
AN HISTORIC Dewsbury pub could be turned into shopsFriday 19th August 2011
By David Miller