Yet another Doncaster community pub looks set to be demolished, with campaigners planning talks to discuss action.
The scheme has been submitted to Doncaster Council for planning permission.
But it has sparked concerns from the pressure group CAMRA, which is backing The Doncaster Star’s Save Our Pubs campaign.
Its community pubs officer, Pete Kennedy, said he was concerned about the proposals, which would mean the end of yet another borough local.
He said: “This is really bad news – it is really sad to hear of plans for another of Doncaster’s heritage pubs being knocked down.
“The pub industry is having a difficult time at the moment but that is only a temporary thing, that eventually could be addressed. But once a pub has been lost, that’s it.
“When they’ve gone they’ve gone.
“This is what we would regard as a community pub. Bawtry has some brilliant pubs, but I think all pubs are missed when they’ve gone.”
He said the proposals would be discussed by the Doncaster branch of CAMRA at its next meeting.
He added the group may even look at the possibility of registering it as a community asset. The organisation has already made applications to register two of the borough’s pubs as community assets under Localism Act rules, which means they would be informed of any bid to sell sites.
But not all are against the plans.
Craig Dowie, manager of The Crown Hotel, also in Bawtry, said the plan to build flats would benefit the town.
He said: “Bawtry is a growing town with a great need for more flats and apartments.
“I think it looks like a superb development.”
No comment was available from Max Design Consultancy, the agents behind the scheme.
The Star launched the Save Our Pubs campaign in February because of concerns over the number of pubs that have closed in Doncaster in recent years.
We are calling for the Government to bring in measures to allow more freedom for pub managers to buy their own beers, and for fair rents for their pubs. Plans for rent tribunals betweenn pub companies and their tenants have already been announced in the Queen’s Speech this year.
Big community pubs including The Drum in Bentley, The Moon at Carcroft, The Roman Ridge, at Scawsby, and The Park Hotel at Belle Vue are among those lost recently.