Plans for apartments at a former Mexborough pub will ‘help preserve’ a key unlisted building.
An application by M and R Chappell Properties to convert and part demolish The Red Lion Hotel on Bank Street to create 16 apartments was given the go-ahead by Doncaster Council yesterday.
The decision comes just days after we launched our Doncaster Star campaign seeking to breathe new life into the borough’s watering holes.
A report to members from planning officer Hannah Wilson stated: “The proposal would protect a key unlisted building from falling further into decline and re-use the site for a use appropriate to the area.
“The design has been carefully considered and is sympathetic to the Conservation Area without causing significant harm to neighbouring amenity.
“Although the proposal does not include any parking, it is felt that the benefits of the redevelopment of the site outweigh this and the sustainable location mitigate this concern.”
The proposal consists of 12 two-bedroom apartments and four one-bedroom apartments in the two-storey vacant premises.
There were three letters of objection to the plans, two identical, and one from the Doncaster Civic Trust welcoming the re-use of the public house but considering the proposed apartment block to be too large for its setting.
Councillor Tracy Jepson said: “I have huge concerns with these 16 units.
“I think parking will be an issue.”
The committee agreed to give the go-ahead to the plans subject to conditions.