Plans for housing on troubled Blidworth pub site

The site of the old Jolly Friars
The site of the old Jolly Friars
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Land once occupied by a village pub could soon see six new homes built, if planners give the application the green light.

The Jolly Friar pub, on the outskirts of Blidworth, has been closed for several years and has since been demolished following problems with vandals and arsonists.

The owner, Bob Bola along with his three brothers, had originally sought to convert the old pub into a modern restaurant, but said the downturn in the economy put paid to their plans.

Following the persistent problems with vandals, they were advised by the police and council to bulldoze the building because it had become ‘uneconomical’ to repair.

More recently, travellers moved onto the site recently but have since left.

The applicants admitted that it caused ‘great distress to us and the community’, so are keen top push ahead with revised plans.

Planning permission was given to build houses on the site in 2012, but has been on the market since without selling.

A statement submitted to Newark and Sherwood District Council by the applicants reads: “The site has cost a huge amount of money, the vandalism and the recession made the business project non-viable.

“We pursued redevelopment of the site, however, after tense marketing we are still no closer to a sale.

“We are keen to find a viable buyer for the land so it can be developed to add value to the area and the community.”

Following feedback, the applicants says a new ‘more traditional layout’ to ‘entice the interest it deserves’ has been submitted.

However, no details have been submitted as to the number of bedrooms each house would have, although each home would cover 1,250 sq ft.

The application is currently pending consideration.