The boutique hotel and historical heritage property Grays Court faces a public inquiry next month, deciding about a possible close-down of the well-regarded hotel within York’s city walls. Helen Heraty, owner of the hotel, contested the enforcement notice, issued by City of York Council, and the matter was due to be examined during a two-day planning inquiry, to be held at the council’s West Offices HQ, on October 15 and 16.
Last year, Mrs Heraty received a first enforcement note, comprising the order to halt weddings and other dining functions at the hotel, as well as closing the hotel’s tea room by 9pm (apart from two days a month).
Moreover, officials claim that Helen Heraty runs her undoubtedly flourishing hotel without a planning permission. This is why they demand a retrospective planning application from her. Mrs Heraty, however, opposes those accusations, claiming to have a proper planning permission for the hotel.
The climax of the dispute between the officials and Grays Court, a site that was classified a Grade I building, is now being seen with the new enforcement note menacing the hotel to close completely. A possible close-down of the boutique hotel would make its 20 employees lose their jobs.
The enforcement note, having primarily been issued in spring but was then withdrawn due to technical issues is now readopted and encloses neighbouring residents’ issues with regard to noise and disturbance caused by events taking place at Grays Court. Mrs Heraty claims that the noise levels are carefully and independently monitored to ensure that neighbours are not disturbed.
The path Helen Heraty has gone to turn a run-down but beautiful old Yorkshire heritage into a prosperous boutique hotel can be followed by watching a documentary about her ambitions and the final realisation of her plans (“For Love Or Money”).