ASSURANCES have been made over the future development of a demolition site which was once home to a popular village pub.

Earlier this year, Towngate Developments were granted permission to knock down the landmark Hole in the Wall pub, Foulridge, and build a trio of three-storey houses and two three-storey apartment blocks on the land.

But parish councillors, who opposed the original plans before being satisfied with the amended blueprints, have raised fresh concerns over the future development of the Town Gate site.

It comes after a sign was put up advertising it for sale along with the approved plans. Responding to residents’ fears, the owners confirmed their intention to sell the land, but said it would still be developed in the near future. The pub once thrived alongside the Working Men’s Club, as well as the New Inn and Hare and Hounds, both in Skipton Old Road.

But prior to it being razed in February, it had lain empty since its last tenants departed in 2007.

Andrew Wilson, of Foulridge Parish Council, said: “They have cleared it and it is a hardcore base. We did express fears that kids might get injured on it and, to give them their due, they have secured it.

“As long as the developers build exactly to the specifications, then that will be fine.

“The best solution would be for something to be built on it quickly because it is a demolition site at the moment, no two ways about it.”

A Towngate Developments spokesman said: “We are asking for buyers, but we want to sell it to a local firm with the approved plans.

“The work will still have to be carried out in accordance with the plans and within three years.”