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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Derelict pub building in north Cumbria may become homes

A derelict former country pub near Carlisle which has been repeatedly targeted by vandals and burglars could be converted into homes.

Durdar White Quey photo
The White Quey

The White Quey pub, at Stoneraise in Durdar, has stood empty since it closed in September 2006 and developers are hoping to change the site to residential use. The application will be heard on Friday by Carlisle City Council’s development control committee and it has been recommended for approval.

However, the council has received four letters of objection, including one from Maurice Wilkinson, from Ratten Row in Durdar, who said that the revised plans, which reduced the number of houses from 13 to five, were an improvement.

However, he raised concern about how sewage would be treated as “the system is already at the limit of its capability”.

“When the White Quey was a functioning pub the sewage had to be pumped into the main sewage system at Durdar and it was not unusual for the pipes to be blocked and the sewage flowed back into the nearby becks and streams,” he said.

George Graham, from Grey Street in Carlisle, agreed that drainage would be an issue.

The council report reveals the pub has lain vacant since 2006 and is boarded up. “1It has been the subject of break-ins and vandalism and is now uninhabitable,” it says.

“The dilapidated state of the building and large are of abandoned tarmac surfaced car parking has created an eyesore which has become a concern for the local community.”

Members considered the plans at an earlier meeting but their decision was delayed to allow officers to look into a possible affordable housing contribution by the developers.

The ex-pub was sold for £200,000 at auction in 2010 to the trustees of a private pension plan.

Previously Carlisle City Council granted planning permission to demolish a single-storey extension and conservatory, and convert the rest into two homes with garages and stables.

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