Sheffield pub set to become retail store - confirming residents’ fears

Royal Oak pub, High Street, Beighton, Sheffield.  10/6/14'Currently closed, a planning application has been submitted to extend the building.
Royal Oak pub, High Street, Beighton, Sheffield. 10/6/14'Currently closed, a planning application has been submitted to extend the building.
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Plans to change the use of a Sheffield pub so it can become a retail store have been submitted - confirming residents’ fears.

Proposals to make alternations to The Royal Oak on High Street in Beighton were approved by Sheffield Council last year.

At the time applicant Langar Estates said they intended to retain the premises for class A4 use, which covers drinking establishments.

But residents feared that there would be further plans to turn it into a shop and were concerned at the potential loss of a community asset for their village.

Their concerns were based on the applicant buying a pub in Manchester and turning it into a store.

Now a fresh planning application for change of use to class A1, which covers shops, has been submitted to the council.

A document sent to the council from agent company Edgeplan in Manchester said: “The landlord now has an agreement in place with a prospective tenant and the premises will be operated as a retail store within use A1 - that is a matter which is confirmed within this application for the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of transparency.”

The proposal also seeks retrospective permission for more external alterations, formation of a boundary wall and to create a boundary fence.

It has been applied for by Langar Estates but does not state which firm will run the retail store.