Former pub in Sheffield could be replaced with flats - but owner says 'we're not going anywhere'
A former pub in Sheffield which is now being used as a martial arts centre could be knocked down and replaced with flats - but the owner insists it is going nowhere for now.
The Deer Stalker Pub on Deer Park Road, Stannington, closed in 2009 and is now owned by Paul and Susan Powers who live there and run the Powers Martial Arts Sheffield Gym from the property.
Mr Powers has applied to demolish the existing building and create a three-storey block with 14 two-bedroom flats.
However, he described the application as a 'security measure' and insisted there were no plans to close what is currently a 'thriving' business.
"This place has been so successful. We took an old pub that was derelict and had drug dealers outside, and we made it a thriving centre for the community," he said.
"It's a fantastic set-up which is booming, and I want people to know our plans are to be there for the long-term. We're not going anywhere.
"We were advised to submit this application as a security measure, just in case something unforeseen should happen in the future."
The planning application describes how should the proposed redbrick apartment block be built, it would be set back from the road and its curved shape has been designed to mirror that of the street.
There would be 18 parking spaces for residents and visitors on the 0.45-acre plot.
The design and access statement by JUMP Architects also states that there would be around 850 square metres of open space for use by residents.