Since the last edition of Beer Matters went to print, a planning application to alter Carbrook Hall into a drive-through Starbucks has been submitted to Sheffield City Council (reference: 18/03366/LBC – tinyurl.com/y979vlhd).
We are pleased to note that:
(i) over 18 months after Carbrook Hall was closed as a Public House, a detailed planning application has finally been submitted.
(ii) the Jacobean-panelled old oak room is planned to become “a seating area with minimal refurbishment other than the removal of modern additions”.
Therefore, we assume that no change to the historic interior will occur. Hence, we also assume that the building will remain listed as an extremely significant Grade II*. However, if this planning application is approved, including the change in use class, it will mean the removal of Carbrook Hall from any/all inventories of historic pub interiors.
For this reason we have objected to the application and propose instead a change to A4/A3 mixed use class, with the retention of a small bar and bar area for drinkers/non-diners. This would ensure continued inclusion on pub listings. It would also allow more flexibility for the owner and managers of the building as use of the site continues to evolve.