The Bishops Manor House will be converted into a events venue following approval from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
The Market Place grade II listed building, which was once The Press Association office, will be transformed from a disused office into a hotspot for exhibitions, arts and crafts fairs and other community events or feature multiple retail units as well as a small café and bistro. The design and access statement submitted by Ian Screeton, says the works will “allow the public in far greater numbers than was possible during its office use to visit and enjoy the building. The development has been designed and carefully considered to minimise its impact on the historic fabric, the below ground archaeology, the historic town and the visual amenity of surrounding residents, whilst at the same time creating a viable and sustainable use for a heritage asset in order to secure its future occupation, maintenance and survival.”
The ERYC decision report stated: “The proposal is considered to bring a viable use to the heritage asset generating a new active use intended to generate greater community and public accessibility to the building. “The proposed alterations to the internal and external spaces are considered to cause less than significant harm to the heritage assets and that the public benefits more than outweigh such harm.” To read the application in full, search 20/01758/PLF in the ERYC planning portal.
The north side of the former Great Hall of the Bishop’s Manor. (27-08-11 SU)