Derelict east Hull pub The Holderness to be transformed into flats

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Mar 2019

An east Hull pub is set to be turned into 12 flats as part of a dramatic transformation.

The Holderness in Witham, which has been shut for some time, is set to become a house in multiple occupation (HMO) after planning permission was granted by Hull City Council.

The pub became “economically unviable” and like many other drinking spots in Witham it has suffered poor trade in recent years.

The makeover will see the two-storey pub turned into 12 flats for a maximum of 14 people with a combined kitchen, living and dining space.

The Holderness, which is on the corner of Holderness Road and Dansom Lane South, is instantly recognisable for its black and white Tudor style façade and according to developers this will not be significantly altered as part of the overhaul.

The Holderness suffered due to poor trade in Witham (Image: Sarah Washbourn)

In a statement by Benson Planning Studio, it says: “Very little in the way of the front façade will change as a result of this proposal thus retaining the architectural integrity of the building.

“The changes that are proposed are considered to be sympathetic and would not change the overall fabric of the building.

“The elevations that face the proposed outdoor amenity area do not share any of the same characteristics of the front façade and the provision of new windows will not have any adverse effect on the historical fabric of the building.”

However, the inside of the listed building is set to be “remodelled” to make way for a new HMO.

Five of the bedrooms, which each come with en suite shower and toilet facilities, will be on the ground floor with seven more upstairs. Five of these will have en suites and the other two will have separate shower and toilet facilities.

As part of the Hull Local Plan it states that “HMOs are an important part of the housing supply, and demand is likely to increase as a consequence of welfare reforms and the difficulty many people are having in accessing mortgage finance.”

However, some have criticised the growing number of HMOs with one street off Boulevard taking a stand by putting signs in their windows calling for no more to be built down their cul-de-sac.

At the planning committee meeting, concerns about the development were expressed by Councillor Linda Chambers, who represents the Drypool ward in which The Holderness is situated.

She argued that building a HMO would be at odds with the local plan and took aim at the fact the development has not factored in any car parking spaces.

Cllr Chambers was also worried about the flood risk at ground floor level and problems from the siting of waste bins.

Ultimately, the decision was made on March 7 to approve the plan subject to a number of conditions which must be met before the transformation can begin.

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