Plans submitted to transform Otley’s Korks wine bar into a modern hospitality venue

A DEVELOPER is proposing to breathe new life into a ‘tired building’ by creating a new bar and restaurant in Otley town centre.

RFR Holdings Ltd has submitted a planning application to Leeds City Council proposing to convert the Grade II listed building at 40 Bondgate, Otley – which previously housed Korks Wine Bar – into a new hospitality venue.

The request concerns the demolition of an existing rear industrial extension; renovation and alterations to an existing Grade II listed building; construction of a new two-storey extension with a glazed connecting atrium; renovation of the existing barn to create accommodation; a new garden area, a covered outdoor area and fixed garden seats; new pizza oven, flue and kitchen extract; eight wall-mounted condenser units and the provision of two external bin magazines.

The site, which is in the Otley Conservation Area, was home to Korks and was used as a wine bar and brewery with a nightclub to the rear for 35 years, until 2017, but the venue has since been closed .

In a design and access statement, the applicant states: “The brief is to demolish the existing rear industrial extension, renovate and extend the existing main building at 40 Bondgate, creating a new bar and restaurant with space reception and outdoor areas, including the conversion of the existing barn into accommodation for the managers.

“The site will consist of three elements, the refurbishment of 40 Bondgate, a new two-storey extension with a cellar on the land where the industrial unit will be demolished and a glazed connecting atrium. The layout of the new building has been designed to reflect the main inclination of the buildings and should be no higher than the perpendicular two-storey section of Bondgate.This is to ensure that the new building element of the proposal will sit suitably among the existing surrounding buildings. building sits on site with open boundary areas rather than infill.

“In addition to the main location, the proposal is to convert the existing barn or outbuilding into accommodation to support the running of the business.”

The applicant concludes: “The proposed works will enhance the historic aspects of Bondgate while providing a new building with thoughtful construction materials and design, it is in keeping with the building characteristics of the area, gives a good sense of modernization to the environment and ultimately provides a convenient space to operate a hospitality service.The proposal will breathe new life into this tired building, creating an improvement for the area both aesthetically and socially.

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