Plans to transform Hull's old Flower Pot pub into something completely different revealed

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 31 Jan 2019

A “dangerous” eyesore which has blighted part of east Hull could soon be gone for good if new plans are approved.

The Flower Pot pub in Staveley Road has been a regular target for vandals after it was closed by its owners in May 2017 – leaving residents' lives a “misery”.

“Gangs” of youths have been spotted setting fires in the old pub while others have also been seen throwing slates onto the ground from an upstairs window.

Before its closure, the upstairs of the building was even used to grow cannabis before the man behind the operation was jailed for three years.

In June, Hull City Council ordered its owners SKN Developments to knock it down however the building now appears to have been given a reprieve after a planning application was submitted to resurrect its use for the community.

Firefighters at The Flower Pot

The once popular watering hole could soon become a corner shop, if city planners approve the application. The intention is to keep the existing building in place while also redeveloping living space above the former pub.

Christopher Kendall, the agent working on behalf of the landowners, has confirmed the plans which he hopes will “clean up” that part of Staveley Road.

“It’s a building that’s got problems. It needs something doing with it and this is a sensible way of doing it,” Mr Kendall said.

“It’s a pub that hasn’t traded for a long time. It’s been a dumping place.”

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He has described the plans as a “minimalist operation” that he hopes will help to breathe new life into the site.

Over the past couple of years, fire engines have been called out on numerous occasions to put out fires, while some residents also claim to have seen “druggies” sleeping rough inside.


The plans include creating a retail unit where the pub used to be (Image: SKN Developments)

Land at the rear has also been seen full of fly-tipped rubbish and covered in glass.

Explaining the plans, Mr Kendall said: “It is not being knocked down. It is being cleaned up, fixed and settled. It’s a minimalist operation to bring some life into the building.

“The owners want to turn it into retail on the ground floor.”

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Last month, residents hit out at the situation, saying action needed taking.

Ed Barrick said: “We just walk by once a week and it is slowly deteriorating. Obviously, I think they’ve taken the lead off the roofs.

“It’s getting worse every time we go past. It’s an eyesore. If they’re not going to use it, it obviously needs demolishing. If it’s not going to be renovated.”

Garry Allen called for something to be done (Image: Hull Live)

Meanwhile, Garry Allen, who lives nearby, claimed to have seen teenagers smashing cars up outside the building and heard about “druggies” sleeping rough inside.

He said: “It just needs demolishing or something being done to it. We aren’t even sure if someone hasn’t been sleeping rough in there sometimes because I know someone has said they thought there were a couple of druggies who have been sleeping rough in there.

“They use the car park as a tip as well. There has been, over the last six months or so, two cars on here that the kids have just smashed up as well.

"There was one of them, I don’t know if the car belonged to someone, there were four or five teenagers who literally smashed the car all up, ripped it all out, smashed all the windows and doors off it and left the glass all over the place.”

As well as the new shop, the application also includes plans to divide the existing upstairs flat into two smaller areas. They also want to add space for five car parking spots.

The application also details that the new shop will employ the equivalent of eight full-time members of staff and will open between 7am and 11pm seven days per week.



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