Another Doncaster pub is rubble today as plans are drawn up to redevelop its site.
But residents backing The Doncaster Star’s Save Our Pubs campaign have started the fightback – with an application now lodged to protect two of the borough’s community inns.
The former White Rose Gate pub in Hyde Park is the latest former ale house to be lost after builders moved in at Carr House Road to bulldoze the building. An application had been filed with Doncaster Council for planning permission to demolish it, and replace it with shops, offices and housing.
The Doncaster Star launched its Save Our Pubs campaign this year because of concerns over the number of pubs being lost.
Peter Kennedy, community pubs officer for the Doncaster real ale pressure group Campaign for Real Ale, said he was concerned about the demolition of the White Rose Gate.
He said: “It is bad news to see another pub going. They seem to be dropping like flies and we think there needs to be more support to keep them open.
“We will discuss this at the next Doncaster CAMRA meeting, but it is a case of prioritising which pubs can be saved and what we have to let go.
“It has surprised me how often these things are coming up. It seems like every week a pub is either being closed or lined up for demolition.”
The agent behind the application to knock down the White Rose Gate, Darryl Barker, director of Development Delivery Consultancy, confirmed plans were in place to re-develop the site.
He said: “I can confirm that my client is in the early stages of discussing with the planning department at Doncaster Council a possible mixed use development on the site to include possible retail, office and residential uses. No detailed plans are available at present but a scheme will be worked up over the coming months and a planning application will be submitted later in the year.”
Meanwhile, CAMRA has now lodged a bid to protect the Little Plough and the Corner Pin, near Doncaster town centre, by registering them with Doncaster Council as assets of community value.