Last orders at pub as plan for house goes in

Blacksmiths Arms Cayton
Blacksmiths Arms Cayton

The death of the pub trade could see a village watering hole lost completely as plans are submitted to turn the Blacksmiths Arms in Cayton into two residential homes.

After being closed for almost a year the pub’s landlord Mike Brent says there is no longer a market for the business.

He has submitted a planning application to Scarborough Council, seeking permission to return the property to individual homes as it was originally before being knocked into one public house in the early 1900’s.

Mr Brent, who ran the pub for two years after taking over the Freehold with his wife in March 2010, said: “In the last 10 years there has been 10 landlords/landladies trying to run a viable business culminating in the freehold being sold as a result of the failure to do so.

“We ceased trading after a 30 per cent drop in takings over the Easter period following steadily declining business over the previous winter months. The re-launch of The Poacher’s Barn and new tenants at the Tow Bar contributed to our demise.

“There is no market for freehold pubs. The site would best be served by returning it to residential, as per the submitted plans, and thereby make a positive contribution to the Cayton Conservation Area.”

The plans outline little change to the exterior of the site, however the eastern side the building would become a four bedroom house known as The Blacksmith’s property, which will adopt the private staff car park as outside space.

The remaining side of the property would become the Main Street property, using the beer garden and 21 bay customer car park as its garden.

Despite Mr Brent claiming there is a “great reluctance” to use the Blacksmith’s by “Cayton’s locals and holidaymakers alike”, the application has received a letter of objection from a resident in the village.

Carey Bilton, who wrote to planning officers to oppose the plans, said: “The Blacksmiths Arms in Cayton is of huge importance to the village. It adds to the character of the village attracting tourists from nearby holiday parks who spend money in the village and contribute to the local economy and local employment. It would be very short sighted to allow this historically important facility to be lost forever.”

Consultation into the application ends of Tuesday 19 after which a date will be set for the plans to go before the committee.