Derelict Mansfield Woodhouse pub to stay after homes plans are thrown out

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A DERELICT Mansfield Woodhouse pub is to remain standing after plans to bulldoze it and build homes on the site were thrown out.

MGM Hotels wanted to build 11 dwellings where the Fourways site is on Leeming Lane - an application which had been recommended for approval by a Mansfield District Council planning officer .

But councillors sitting on the authority’s planning committee refused permission for the scheme because they failed to provide enough evidence that the building - listed as a non-designated heritage asset - could not be converted to an alternative use.

Coun Christine Smith was one of 11 committee members to vote against the plan.

She said: “The building is on the county list of buildings which are of local importance.

“It is in a location on a route into Mansfield and it does have some status . It is a quality building with some historic value.

“I am sure a good use could be made without demolishing it.”

The Fourways was the first hospital in the Mansfield district, and was subsequently used as a Belgian troop hospital in the First World War before becoming a public house.

Some householders in the area had also objected to the plans amid fears that its demolition would put extra strain on the already busy junction of Leeming Lane South and Butt Lane.