Plans to redevelop the former Brampton Fire Station site have been welcomed - but developers have been urged to save a war memorial on the land.
The old Knollbeck Lane station closed in 2010 and became a target for vandals who started a blaze in the building forcing nearby residents to be evacuated in 2011.
The building has been pulled down but residents and councillors have claimed the derelict land has become an eyesore in the village.
A planning application to build a care home on the site was approved by councillors at Rotherham Town Hall last Thursday and has been welcomed by the community. But councillors have called for a site memorial honouring soldiers who died in the First World War to be retained.
Frank Hodgkiss, 65, chairman of Brampton Parish Council, said: “The place is an eyesore. It is right on the main road through the village and doesn’t give off a good impression. I’m glad something is being done with the land.
“There is a war memorial dedicated to soldiers in the area who served in the First World War and that should be retained. We’ve had initial discussions with the developers and they seem to be in favour of that.”
Councillors Jane Hamilton, David Roche and Brian Steele have also welcomed the move. Coun Roche said: “It will give people more care choice and create jobs.”
The proposal, by a Mr Omar Sharif, of Stairfoot, is for a 62 bedroom three-storey care home. It is expected to create 41 full and part-time jobs and has 24 parking spaces. Mr Sharif was not available for comment this week.