Starbucks drive-thru plan for Carbrook Hall sparks debateÂ
Plans to transform the historicÂ Carbrook Hall into a drive-thru Starbucks coffee shop has sparked debate among Star readers.
West Street Leisure hasÂ received planning permission fromÂ Sheffield City Council to turn the landmark 12th century building into a 60-seat coffee house.Â
Punch Taverns had sold the site to WSL earlier this year, after the former pub fell into disrepair and was gutted in an arson attack in April.Â
The move has already sparked controversy with historian Ron Clayton claiming the city hadÂ '˜lost an opportunity' to preserve a '˜remarkable' piece of history.
Star readers have now had their say on the matter withÂ many taking to Facebook to make their feelings known.
Some were in favour of the move.Â
Duncan Strafford said: 'You can't moan about it becoming a Starbucks if you didn't go there to keep the place open as a pub. If you want local amenities, shop local.'
Paul StaniforthÂ added that he was 'glad to see it isÂ getting put to use rather than stood decaying.'
Clive TurnerÂ posted: 'It is not ideal but it's much better than being empty and a target for vandalism.'
But Anastasia-Camille Glover wants to see theÂ building used for something else.
She said: 'It could be turned into a theatre, a community centre, an artist hub, an art gallery, a writer's retreat, a nice independent restaurant '“ so many things other than a Starbucks.'
WSL ownerÂ Sean HoggÂ saidÂ heritage campaignersÂ should be '˜realistic' about the situation andÂ explained how Â£400,000 has already gone into repairing the site.
He added: 'The brunt, stark reality of it is that everything in the country is run as a business,Â whether it be a hospital, or a doctors, or even the binmen.Â We've got a company which is willing to invest substantial amounts of money to ensureÂ that the final product is for all of Sheffield to enjoy.'Â