Flats plan submitted for ex-public house

The Rockingham Arms, on Bennetthorpe.
The Rockingham Arms, on Bennetthorpe.

TIME could well be called on one of Doncaster’s most popular pubs.

Plans have been submitted to Doncaster Council with the proposal to convert the Rockingham Arms pub into 23 self-contained flats.

The Bennetthorpe-based building closed as a pub earlier this year.

The plans for the landmark building would include an extension added to the third floor.

Coun Jane Kidd, whose Intake ward contains the Rockingham, said she would be sorry to see the end of the building as a pub.

She also added that she thought many would share those same feelings.

She said: “A lot of pubs seem to be closing and I think it is a shame. I remember going into the Rockingham when I first moved to Doncaster.

“We also have the issue of the Benbow pub in Intake, which has been empty for at least two years.

“Both of them are in prominent locations.

“It is a shame they can’t carry on as pubs, but I think I would rather have flats than empty properties.”

There has been a pub on the site since Victorian times.

The current building dates all the way back to the 1920s.