Plans to turn arson-hit derelict Doncaster pub into shops and apartments

A developer has submitted a plan to turn a former Doncaster pub into a set of apartments and ground-floor shops.

Friday, 17th December 2021, 2:15 pm
The former Plant pub in Hexthorpe

AP Yorkshire Lettings has applied to convert the former Plant Hotel pub on Hexthorpe Road, Hexthorpe into seven apartments on the upper-floors and three retail units at ground-floor level.

The site has been unoccupied for over two years and has suffered repeated vandalism with four serious arson attacks.

The developer has also said the former pub is ‘used by drug addicts’ and ‘constant break-ins has resulted in the site being stripped of all wiring, plumbing and furniture.

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The latest arson attack resulted in extensive fire damage to just over half of the building.

The developer has said parking to the flats and shops will be situated in the cul-de-sac next to the site.

But Dave Haig, safer roads manager at DMBC, said: “The area suffers from existing parking pressures and I am concerned that the developer appears to be relying fully on parking on the public highway. This will either be unavailable, or if used by the development, will further compound the existing pressures.”

A decision is likely to be made early next year and it could be brought to the attention of the planning committee if objections are sent to the council.

A spokesman for the applicant said: “We would confirm that our client’s intention is to create three retail outlets at ground-floor level to benefit the community and upgrade the external elevations of the building whilst retaining its integrity, as it is in a prominent position for vehicles and pedestrians entering and leaving Hexthorpe.

“AP Yorkshire Investments Limited purchased a dilapidated and extensively fire damaged building earlier this year.

“The previous owner had owned the property for several years and in that time had closed the pub and commenced conversion to retail within the ground floor and the upper floors being residential units, this has been commenced following a previous planning application.

“We propose to continue with this same philosophy and retain the original building but carry out a full extensive refurbishment and minor alterations to the previous past plans in terms of floor plans and additional residential units on upper floors.”