Old Oak is ‘landmark building’

APPEAL: A planning inspector has ruled that the Old Oak pub is a landmark building of considerable value.
APPEAL: A planning inspector has ruled that the Old Oak pub is a landmark building of considerable value.
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A DISUSED Littletown pub has been deemed a landmark building of ‘considerable value in the local scene’ by a planning inspector.

The Old Oak, at the bottom of Listing Lane, is one of the few surviving buildings from the old Littletown village which was razed to the ground to make way for the dual carriageway in the 1960s.

Plans by owners D and M Middleton to demolish the pub and build a mini supermarket and car park were turned down in February by Kirklees Council.

They appealed – but planning inspector Robin Brooks said in a report the pub should be saved.

He said: “Such is the scale of change in the surrounding area that the public house is the only remaining building of any historical pedigree and character. I consider that its prominence, age and character combine to make it a landmark building.

“The building as a whole makes a significant contribution to the townscape of Liversedge. It qualifies as a heritage asset that in a productive use could make a positive contribution to local community life. There are certainly no buildings of comparable quality within the immediate area and its loss would leave this section of Bradford Road effectively bereft of any historic pedigree or architectural merit.”

Owner Chris Middleton said he was very disappointed at the decision.

He said: “It would have brought 30 jobs and £1m investment to the area but that’s not going to happen now.”

He said the building was now up for sale. Alec Michael, a partner at estate agents Michael Steel and Co, said there had been some interest from potential buyers.

Barrie Seymour, owner of the Londis store in Knowler Hill, welcomed the inspector’s decision, adding: “It should be a listed building. It needs somebody who can tidy it up and put it back into use.”