Developers home in on old pub

Vance Arnold at the Fleur de Lys, from JP Bean's biography of Joe Cocker

Vance Arnold at the Fleur de Lys, from JP Bean's biography of Joe Cocker

A former Sheffield pub - once renowned for live music - could become part of a housing development after “very little” interest was shown in keeping it going as a going concern.

Plans have been submitted to the council to turn the Fleur de Lys at Totley into seven apartments, to convert an outbuilding into two houses and to build four detached houses in the grounds.

The pub, which closed last year, staged live music and was a regular venue for Joe Cocker’s band, Vance Arnold and the Avengers, in the early 60s.

Now it looks like being one of many across the country to be consigned to history.

But the landmark building would remain as part of the proposed housing development.

It is appreciated that the project involves the loss of a public house, say architectural design consultants Chris Gothard Associates on behalf of applicants Fulwood Developments.

“However, it was not viable and had operated at a loss for many year before its eventual closure despite continued investment and improvement under different operators.

“It had been marketed as a going concern for more than two years with very little interest shown. There are a variety of other public houses in Totley with one, the Cross Scythes, on the opposite side of Baslow Road to the site.

“There is also the Shepley Spitfire on Mickley Lane, the Crown Inn on Hillfoot Road and the Cricket Inn on Penny Lane, all within walking distance of the site.”

The consultants say that few external alterations are planned to the old pub as part of a scheme that retains the landmark building and is in keeping with the area.

Totley Residents’ Association Committee has discussed the plans. A spokesperson said: “Whilst there is regret at the loss of The Fleur as a community facility we would not like it to be left empty and fall into decay.”

The pub was a venue for bands such as Frank White, The Whirlwinds and Bobby Dawn and The Midnighters as well as Vance Arnold and the Avengers in the 60s. Local musician John Firminger said it was a good music venue, one of a number across Sheffield to which fans would travel to watch their favourite groups.

The Fleur also staged comedy nights in more recent times.




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