Troubled Blidworth pub site given planning permission for homes

The site of the old Jolly Friars
The site of the old Jolly Friars

An application to build houses on the site of an old village pub has been rubber stamped by planners.

Five homes looks set to be built on the land once occupied by the Jolly Friar 
pub on the outskirts of Blidworth.

The pub was closed for several years and has since been demolished following problems with vandals and arsonists.

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

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.

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

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

No details on the size of the homes on the 1,250 sq ft site have been submitted.

Planners on Newark and Sherwood District Council permitted the plans, but added that the full details on access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale must be submitted before work begins.