Hall to go under the hammer

Thorne Hall, Ellison Street, Thorne. Picture: Andrew Roe
Thorne Hall, Ellison Street, Thorne. Picture: Andrew Roe

A historic hall that was set to be transformed into a care home creating 70 jobs is to go under the hammer again after the deal fell through.

Derelict Thorne Hall in Ellison Street will go up for auction again next week after plans to develop the Grade II listed property hit a stumbling block.

Doncaster Council had hoped that proposals put forward by purchaser York are Homes last year would see the former council offices brought back into use as a state of the art care home creating 70 new jobs.

However, the council say the deal has not worked out and the property is now up for sale again.

The guide price of the landmark has been slashed from £300,000 to £100,000 after it failed to sell at auction on a number of occasions over the last few years.

Peter Dale, the council’s director of regeneration and environment, said: “Doncaster Council has worked hard to bring the building back into use as a care home and conditional contracts were exchanged with a buyer, but unfortunately property deals do not always work out.

“Continuing with the previous proposals would have likely left the building vacant for too long and susceptible to further deterioration, which would not benefit the residents of Thorne.

“We will therefore work to find an alternative buyer who will bring Thorne Hall back into use sooner than may have otherwise been the case and the council expects to progress other care schemes in Thorne in the New Year.”

The blow comes after Doncaster Council announced plans to close all seven council run care homes as part of a raft of money saving measures.

Thorne councillor Martin Williams said: “This will be a good thing for Thorne if the building is modernised and brought back up to scratch.
“I know a local builder is keen to develop it into luxury apartments.”

The auction takes place in Sheffield on December 9, with the property having a guide price of £100,000.