Recently the Royal Oak (Mosborough) was demolished without planning permission. The owners, Bar 24 Ltd., now have to apply for retrospective planning permission. Their assertion is that, last October, toxic waste was dumped in the car park, and subsequently, the situation became so bad that the only option was to demolish the pub. The building dated from 1843, becoming a beerhouse in 1870.
Environmental experts assessed the situation last October and didn’t find anything to justify demolition. This suggests that the spillage has been used as a pretext for taking short cuts to potentially secure profitable redevelopment of the site. We believe that waste could have been removed without having to knock down the pub.
We believe objections to the anticipated planning application should initially focus on the importance of retaining pub use on the site and the lack of any justification for the demolition. The Carlton Tavern (London) sets a clear precedent.
This pub closed in April 2015: then two days before Historic England was due to recommend the pub be granted Grade II listed status, the owners demolished the building – without planning permission. They expected a £5000 fine for breaking regulations. However, Westminster Council had a different opinion: they ordered the owners, CTLX, to rebuild the Carlton brick by brick. Earlier this year, having been totally rebuilt, it re-opened.
Sheffield and District CAMRA will comment when the retrospective planning application for demolition is submitted to SCC Planning. We encourage you all to join us.