On the 11th July 2013 we were advised by Kingston upon Hull City Council that the owner, SNS Properties, had submitted a new planning application to build a single storey extension to the rear of the Swan Inn.
However, when the application drawings were examined it became clear that the owner also wanted to build on the site of the adjacent former National Picture Theatre.
On the 15th July the Trust e-mailed the Council to request that the owner was asked to amend the application to contain both addresses. As the former National Picture Theatre is a Grade ll Listed Building the Trust also requested that the owner should be asked to submit an application for Listed Building Consent.
The requests were confirmed in a letter to the Council on the 23rd July, with the following four proposals being highlighted as to why the owner should be asked to apply for Listed Building Consent:
1) To build a 2 metre high wooden fence between the bombed ruins and a new car park.
2) To build a staircase to the first floor flat
3) To build a canopy and 2-door side entrance
4) To build a car park that would take up more than 50% of the total curtilage of the site.
The Trust also requested that the 21 days for receiving comments on the two applications should commence from the date that the application for listed building consent was validated.
On the 12th August we were advised by Kingston upon Hull City Council that the owner, SNS Properties, had submitted amendments to the original application.
The staircase to the first floor flat of the Swan Inn, which they originally wanted to build externally on the National Picture Theatre site, would now be built internally as you enter the pub through the front RH door.
The canopy and 2-door side entrance/exit to the Swan Inn, which was originally going to be built on the National Picture Theatre site, would now be built at the rear of the new single-storey extension to the pub.
The proposed single storey extension to the rear of the pub was to replace the two-storey extensiong that the owner demolished a few years ago – which was unnecessary in the opinion of both the Trust, and the Council.
The application drawings also showed that the rest of the pub would be renovated, with a view to leasing it for use as a one-roomed restaurant / bar. Although the Trust would like to acquire the pub as part of it's project to provide a Home Front Tribute, we support its renovation, and there is always a possibility of the Trust purchasing it in the future.
The application was also for permission to build a large car park, an outside eating and drinking area, and build a 2-metre high fence directly behind the ruins of the National Picture Theatre site. This development would take up two-thirds of the Grade ll Listed site, and would mean that the Trust would not be able to build a memorial / performance area, and an education building.
Alan submitted an objection letter on behalf of the Trust, and Alan, Hilary and Tom submitted objection letters as residents of Kingston upon Hull.
Objection letters were also submitted by English Heritage and the Hull Civic Society.
Planning Committee Meeting -- Wednesday 6th November
The application was APPROVED at the Council's planning meeting on Wednesday 9th October 2013.
The Trustees had attended the planning meeting. Hilary Byer's had spoken in objection to the application on behalf of the Trust. Tom Robinson, Alan Canvess, and David Alexander, had all spoken in objection to the application as residents of Kingston upon Hull.