CAMPAIGNERS are fighting to keep the frontage of a historic Huddersfield pub.
The Somerset Arms in Wakefield Road, Aspley, is to shut down next month.
The building’s owner already has planning permission for two hot food takeaways with flats and living accommodation above.
But now he wants to make extensive alterations to the pub’s frontage, provoking objections from Huddersfield Civic Society.
MR Property Developments wants to increase the width of the two proposed shop fronts and remove the original doorway.
Civic Society chairman Chris Marsden said the changes were unnecessary and would damage the look of the building.
Mr Marsden said the society did not object to the previous planning application because it “did not detract from the integrity” of the frontage.
But the new plans would change the face of the building by increasing the size of the shop windows and creating two separate entrances.
Mr Marsden said: “Takeaways do not require large windows as they do not display goods.
“The proposed larger entrances are not necessary and the damage they will cause to the frontage is out of all proportion to any commercial advantage they may bring.”
The 1930 building is said to be a rare example of a Bentley and Shaw re-modelled frontage, described as a “marvellous” Art Deco feature by the Brewery History Society.
Mr Marsden added: “There is no compelling reason for removing the door which should be retained and blocked as originally proposed.
“The street frontage is a delight. It offers local identity and brightens the streetscape.
“Losing it would mean degradation of our townscape and another step toward a clone town identity.”
The Examiner reported last month how licensee David Mitchell had been aware for several months that the building was to be converted and that his pub would have to close.
The pub’s last pints will be pulled on Thursday February 7 and the keys will be handed back two days later.
Public consultation on the latest plans runs until January 7.