Doncaster village bar plan sparks a debate

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Plans to transform a former village butcher’s shop into a wine bar have sparked hundreds of responses from residents.

The scheme, by Optum Global Ltd, involves turning an old butcher’s shop on Main Street, Sprotbrough, into a wine bar and coffee shop.

The proposal has caused huge interest in the village with more than 500 people signing a petition and submitting letters of support to Doncaster Council - against 59 residents who posted objection letters.

A report to councillors, due to be discussed this afternoon, outlines arguments for and against.

One supporter said: “Many shops are failing in the current economic climate and residents feel this scheme will help Sprotbrough from having a ‘dying High Street’ with vacant units they call an eyesore.”

Another argued the bar would ‘provide for a different demographic of people rather than the masculine, older generation group that frequent public houses’.

However, objectors are concerned that drinkers leaving the premises will cause ‘noise and disturbance to neighbouring residential properties’.

There are other concerns about anti-social behaviour.

Another objector said: “Rubbish would be created and youths already hang about outside the parade and this could exacerbate this with a youthful, noisy clientele.”

Council planning officer Hannah Wilson is recommending the planning board approve the scheme.

She said: “The proposal would bring a vacant unit back into use and maintain and enhance the vitality of the community.”