Don Hotel’s fate to be sealed today?

Don Hotel, Swinton.
Don Hotel, Swinton.

PROPOSALS to transform a Victorian-era pub into a block of flats will go before planning chiefs today (Thursday).

The scheme involves converting the Don Hotel in Swinton into six apartments with six car parking spaces.

The venue is said to have ceased trading over a year ago and locally-based builders Yorkfield Estates, are planning to develop the site.

Planning documents state that the tavern part of the building – which is believed to be around 100 years old – will be retained and converted.

But a single storey office block behind the pub will be demolished to make way for a new build.

In their planning application, Yorkfield Estates say: “The lack of residential housing in the area contributes to the downfall of the community as there is no-one residing in the area to make use of the public house in this area.

“Hopefully by generating more housing in the area, the remaining pubs will have more chance of survival.”

A survey also revealed that only 19 per cent of local residents said they used the pub while it was open. Planning officers have reccomended that the scheme is granted.

They said: “The permanent use of this building as a pub is regrettable.

“However, taking into account that there are two other pubs within 150 metres of the site still operating, and there are a further seven pubs towards the centre of Swinton, the Don Hotel is not considered to represent an important local facility.”

The proposal is due to go before Rotherham Council’s Planning Board at Rotherham Town Hall this morning.