Plans to transform a former village butcher’s shop into a wine bar, which sparked hundreds of responses from residents, have been given the go-ahead.
The scheme, by Optum Global Ltd, involves turning an old butcher’s shop on Main Street, Sprotbrough, into a wine bar by night and a coffee shop by day.
The proposal caused huge interest in the village with more than 500 people signing a petition and submitting letters of support – against 59 objection letters.
Among the concerns were worries about drinkers leaving the premises causing ‘noise and disturbance to neighbouring residential properties’, as well as the creation of rubbish.
Speaking to Doncaster Council’s planning committee yesterday, one objector said the proposed bar would be six metres from the nearest house, adding it was ‘totally inappropriate’.
Michael Walker, speaking on behalf of the applicant, explained the idea was to offer an evening establishment with a continental flavour – a cross between an Italian cafe and a Spanish tapas bar.
He said: “Fears about late-night drinking and dancing are unfounded.
“It will be an intimate environment where people can converse among themselves with quiet background music.
“The coffee bar will serve tea and cakes during the day and then turn to a high class wine bar in the evening.”
Planning officer Hannah Wilson said in a report to members: “The application would provide a local facility for the village within an existing parade.
The proposal would bring a vacant unit back into use and maintain and enhance the vitality of the community, creating an asset at the heart of the village, which is something that has considerable support.”
Councillors were concerned about the proximity of the premises to neighbouring properties and, in agreeing to give the go-ahead, Councillor Jonathan Wood asked that conditions be added that the opening hours were the same as those of the Indian restaurant next door, and that the door should be closed when not in use to cut down on noise.