Conversion of former off-licence

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A FORMER off-licence which has been closed for three years is set to be given a new lease of life.

Renovation work is ongoing at the former Wells Wine Cellar, in St Thomas Street opposite the YMCA, which has stood empty since spring 2008.

Plans to convert the building into a cafe and takeaway, to open daily from 9am to 11pm, were submitted to Scarborough Council by Victoria Wild, of Burley and Wharfedale, last year.

The proposal stated: “There will be no changes to the shop-front details, although these are to be painted. The door and windows fit under the horizontal advertising area. The existing roller shutters will also be removed from the windows to open out the whole building.

“The intended finished building materials are in keeping with the established local palette and the existing building. The design respects the character of the existing neighbouring buildings in terms of design, scale, inter-linking masses and level of detailing intended.”

Opened in 1992 on the site of a former corn merchant’s by Hunmanby businessman Tony Wells, Wells Wine Cellar was noted for its stylish exterior and traditional Victorian look, as well as for stocking a wide variety of ales and wines.

Its closure followed an extraordinary meeting of the Wells Wine Cellar company held in Leeds where, according to official papers: “It was proved to the satisfaction of the meeting that it could not, by reason of its liabilities, continue its business.”

The company was formed in October 2006 to sell alcoholic and other beverages. No details were made available about its debts.

Begbies Traynor of Leeds were appointed as liquidators by the members and creditors of the company.