Two Doncaster pubs have made history as the first in the town to be given special protected status.
The Corner Pin, on West Street, and The Plough in West Laith Gate, are today covered by new rules aimed at stopping any redevelopment in the future.
Doncaster Council yesterday confirmed it has rubber stamped the bars’ status as ‘assets of community value’ under the Localism Act.
It means the owners must offer the community the chance to buy the sites for use as pubs before they can be redeveloped for another purpose.
The Doncaster Star is currently campaigning for laws to help keep pubs open as part of its Save Our Pubs campaign
Nick Griffin, manager of the Plough, known locally as the Little Plough, said he was delighted with his pub’s new status.
He said: “It’s great news. It means that forever and a day, it will always be a pub.
“This means it cannot be turned into a supermarket or yet another town centre bookmakers.
“I think my regulars will be really pleased to hear this. This is two of the traditional town centre, community pubs protected.”
David Wicks, landlord at the Corner Pin, which is also Campaign for Real Ale pub of the year, said: “This is fantastic. Hopefully it means the Corner Pin will never shut.
“It is a nice community boozer with loyal customers, and I think there would always be a buyer. My regulars will be over the moon.
“I would love to see more pubs getting this status, not just us. I would like to see it given to some of the pubs on the estates and in the villages where many have closed already.”
The applications for protected status were submitted by the Doncaster branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, which supports The Star’s Save Our Pubs campaign.
Doncaster CAMRA believes the move will potentially stop pubs being sold and converted into flats or supermarkets.
Community pubs officer for Doncaster, Pete Kennedy, said the organisation plans to apply for protection for more pubs in the borough.
Among those being considered is The Salutation, on South Parade.
Mr Kennedy said: “I think there will be more to follow. We’ve been testing the water with these and will be looking to apply for more pubs in the near future. We may look at pubs with important architecture, heritage or those with important roles in their communities.”
CAMRA would like to hear from customers who want to see their pubs protected.
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