Landmark Doncaster pub under threat from shops plan

The Tadcaster Arms in Armthorpe.
The Tadcaster Arms in Armthorpe.

A landmark Doncaster pub looks set to be demolished under plans to build shops and homes in its place.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee is due to meet next week to decide on the fate of The Tadcaster Arms, on Doncaster Road, Armthorpe.

Council officers are recommending the proposals, from Ground Properties, get the go-ahead at a meeting next week. The plan would see the pub demolished and nine shops and 22 flats built on the site.

But it has sparked concerns from residents and community leaders.

Residents have told the authority they are unhappy it will mean losing a community facility, while local councillors have warned it will lead to road safety problems.

Ward Councillor Chris McGuinness has raised the safety issues with the committee, and Armthorpe Parish Council has also objected to the plans, with the scheme said to be too close to a sharp bend.

But a report by council planning officer Nicola Elliott said the reason for the pub’s demise was the loss of the mining community that had an effect on trade.

She said the building was no longer sustainable due to its age and size, and heating and lighting costs affecting profitability.

She said: “From a policy point of view, while it is a shame to lose the pub as it is a building of character in an area largely devoid of stand-out buildings, the commercial realities make it hard to continue its operation.”