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Plans for the redevelopment of the oldest property in a small West Yorkshire village have been given the green light, overcoming local objections.

The move will see improvements at the 19thCentury Busfeild Arms in East Morton near Keighley, which has featured on the popular Channel 4 TV series ‘Four in a Bed’, proceed with an eye-catching new glass fronted scheme to cater for growing customer demand.

The family-run pub and restaurant business, which includes three B&B rooms, has seen a new lease of life under owner Martin Crosswaite in recent years, becoming a popular destination for guests and holidaymakers touring the Dales.

Now, Bradford City Council has granted planning approval for a five-figure extension, which will see a modern functional twist added to a building of historic interest that draws hundreds of visitors every week.

The news follows six months of cooperation between the council’s planning department and North Yorkshire-based planner Sam Dewar of DPA Planning over designs for the project.

Building contractors will be due on site before Christmas to start work on the scheme, replacingthe existing redundant lean to plastic awning with the new build.

Approval in the face of initial objection from the conservation department is being hailed as a ‘big’ boost for the Busfeild Arms by Sam Dewar, who says that ‘ambitious’ plans for the site’s future are now secure.

Sam Dewar,who has more than a 95% success rate in securing planning permission for clients, says the decision is an example of working in close partnership with local authority planning to secure outcomes that reflect the needs of local places and people.

He added: “This is a great result. We’re delighted to have played our part in securing the go ahead for a major investment designed to improve facilities at this popular local destination.

“It’s a welcome outcome for what has been a difficult planning process. However, we’re delighted to see that our ambitious plans for the scheme have overcome the concerns of the Council Conservation department.”

In other news, DPA Planning has secured planning approval for the six-figure redevelopment of a five bedroomed luxury house in Bardsey, while plans for an apartment scheme in Chapel Allerton in Leeds have also been submitted.

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