A former Sheffield pub which was the subject of a far right protest over plans to convert it into a mosque could be bulldozed and replaced by a KFC restaurant.
About 400 English Defence League members held a demonstration at Sheffield Lane Top over proposals, abandoned anyway, to turn the former Pheasant pub on Barnsley Road into a mosque.
The demonstration cost around £600,000 to police – and took place even though the group behind the mosque idea had pulled out because they could not afford the building’s £330,000 asking price.
Now Alison Roland Town Planners Ltd has submitted an application for the site on behalf of KFC.
The restaurant would be at the front of the site, next to Barnsley Road, where the pub currently stands, and a 49-space car park would be created behind with access from Hatfield House Lane.
The new building would have stone walls and a red aluminium entrance, plus large windows looking out onto Barnsley Road.
The application states the restaurant would make a ‘positive contribution’ towards redevelopment of the area while creating several dozen jobs.
But one resident has objected due to the loss of the pub – once a popular venue on Sheffield’s live music scene – and called for a new tenant to reopen it.