True Brew North – owners of the Wagon & Horses Inn on Abbeydale Rd – has renewed its attempts to take over the section of the Park next to the pub. This was first tried in 2018, but after much local opposition and pressure on Parks & Countryside Dept they were forced to back off, with the Council deciding to review the whole question of allowing commercial use of parks.
Now True Brew North, run by entrepreneur Kane Yeardley, are back and trying again. Unfortunately the fact that they have lodged a Planning Application suggests that Parks & Countryside Dept have given them the go-ahead and agreed to some arrangement. The proposal now includes many even more damaging aspects for the park, including the removal of trees and the addition of three gateways into the park from the pub and an outdoor sales outlet for the pub.
The Friends of Millhouses Park are opposed to this project, but for there to be any hope at all of it not being given the go-ahead, there need to be lots of objections submitted to the planning department.
The link to the Planning Portal – for more information on the Application and opportunity to register Objections or Comments – is Here. The Planning Reference is 20/01667/FUL. You will need to register if you don’t have an existing Login, in order to make a Comment. Several people have reported issues with registration, and if that is the case, please email your comments or objections direct to firstname.lastname@example.org
The original petition from 2018 remains live at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-millhouses-park-public
so if you have not already signed it, please add your name and encourage all you know to do so.
We want to do everything we can to protect the park for everyone – please use your voice to help us.