Despite objections from East Keswick Parish Council, Leeds City Council planners have approved an application by Irwin Ltd to change the Travellers Rest public house to offices.

The Travellers Rest is the village's oldest pub and has sat on the former drovers route up Wharfdale since the seventeenth century. The freehold was recently advertised for sale attracting interest from publicans and restauranteurs, all of whom were outbid by Irwins.

At the April Parish council meeting councillors expressed surprise that the application had gone through so easily and so quickly.

James Lewis, the Labour party's prospective parliamentary candidate for the forthcoming general election said 'I'm disappointed at the chain of events that have led to the historic pub being potentially converted to offices. I believe this highlights the need for pubs to receive a special designation under planning law so that they are not attractive to property speculators, if elected this is something I will campaign for.

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