Resubmission of plans to turn derelict Doncaster pub ‘used by drug addicts’ into seven flats

A developer has resubmitted a proposal to turn a former Doncaster pub into a set of apartments – but a previous plan to include ground floor retail units has been scrapped.

By George Torr, Local Democracy Reporter
Tuesday, 12th July 2022, 4:57 pm

The former Plant Hotel in Hexthorpe could become the new home of seven flats with associated parking closeby – submitted by AP Yorkshire Lettings.

The first floor will consist of five self-contained apartments and the creation of a second floor will have a further two apartments.

Car parking provisions will be provided for eight cars. These spaces are reserved on a neighbouring property within 25 metres of the building.

The former Plant pub in Hexthorpe is set to be converted into seven flats if approved by council planning officers.

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 have resulted in the site being stripped of all wiring, plumbing and furniture.

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

The retail units do not form part of the resubmission but planning permission has already been granted for any future work on the ground floor.

Igor Prokazovs, on behalf of the applicant, AP Yorkshire Lettings, said: “In conclusion, we would confirm that our client’s intention is to maintain and refurbish the three existing commercial units located throughout the ground floor level.

“This will benefit the community and upgrade the external elevations of the building whilst retaining its integrity, as it is in a prominent position in Hexthorpe.

“AP Yorkshire Investments Limited purchased the dilapidated and extensively fire damaged building earlier in 2021.

“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.”

The decision could fall to councillors if it is deemed there is enough public interest in the proposal.

To make a comment on the application, visit Doncaster Council’s planning portal and enter the reference number 22/01232/FUL.

Public comments close on Friday, July 15.