A group of villagers have called for a pub to be made a community asset after the business was closed.
But the owners of the White Swan Inn, in Gilling West, say they will look to reopen the pub after modernisation work has been completed.
The pub closed in August with owners Dean and Vic saying they were shutting to spend time on projects which were “more fulfilling and more rewarding”.
Since then, several planning application have since been submitted to North Yorkshire Council to make changes to the premises.
These include retrospective applications for the repainting of the pub frontage to grey and the installation of stone gabions that were used to make a seating area at the front of the pub.
An application for various internal work has also been submitted.
The owners say the work is needed to modernise the premises before the business reopens, and have stressed that a change of use application — which would be needed before the pub can be turned into a house — has not been applied for.
Dean told Richmondshire Today: “Planning permission has been submitted for refurbishment and modernisation of the building.
“Awaiting that decision, we’ll then refurb in accordance and look to reopen the bar in a way that is conducive to modern operations.”
The landlord said the pub also remained for sale, with an asking price of £550,000.
However, a group of 30 people calling themselves the Gilling West Community Group has applied to North Yorkshire Council for the pub to be declared an ‘asset of community value’, claiming they are worried the planning applications are part of a plan to turn the building into a house.
They said in the letter: “We are all supportive of any planning application that genuinely makes the building more suitable as a pub/dining facility.
“We are concerned the current four planning applications submitted about the White Swan Inn are more about turning the building in to better residential accommodation, and a gradual process of turning the building from a pub into a house.
“We are not supportive of any move that turns the public house in to a private dwelling.”
If granted, the asset of community value status may be considered when officials consider planning applications for the premises.
It could also give the community time to raise funds should they wish to buy the pub.