More pubs to go under development schemes

Demolition work is due to begin today

Demolition work is due to begin today

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Two more Sheffield pubs are set to go under plans for new homes and offices.

Proposals have been submitted to turn The Market Inn, on Wortley Road, High Green, into a business centre, as well as building 14 houses on the surrounding land.

And under separate plans developers want to convert The Ball Inn, on Myrtle Road, Heeley, into five apartments, while also putting up a four-storey building with 15 flats.

The applications highlight again the fate faced by many pubs deemed to be unviable as drinking establishments.

Under The Market Inn scheme, the pub building will be retained, with the interior rearranged to create several office suites.

Architects Ellis Healey, on behalf of Rotary Development Ltd, said: “The site presents a good opportunity to create a desirable place for family living.”

Keeping the pub building will ‘restore the street’s character’, the firm added.

The Ball would be turned into five two-bedroom flats. The new building will be constructed to the rear of the site, offering 15 two and three-bedroom flats.

Planning consultant Robert Bryan, acting for developer Green Comfort Ltd, said: “The Ball Inn was last used as a public house three years ago and in the last seven years appears to have only been open for one year. It currently stands empty and is boarded up. It had to be closed as it was not a viable business and was marketed for over a year with no interest to purchase it for use as a pub.”

Earlier this year figures revealed 46 pubs had shut across Sheffield since 2010.

High Green has been hit particularly hard by pub closures. Elsewhere in the suburb, a lengthy battle was fought to try to stop the historic Cart and Horses from becoming a Sainsbury’s supermarket. Last year a planning inspector ruled the pub could be replaced.

One way of protecting pubs is for supporters to rally round and put in a bid to the city council for ‘asset of community value’ status.

This means that if a pub is at risk of permanent closure, regulars are given the time to put together a bid to buy it themselves.

In July The Plough, opposite Hallam FC’s ground at Sandygate, was designated as a community asset following fears it could become a convenience store.

But in the same month plans to knock down the 200-year-old former Thorncliffe Arms in Chapeltown to build nine apartments were approved. There was no application to make the pub a community asset.

Planning officers will prepare reports and make recommendations about The Market Inn and The Ball ahead of any final decisions.