Two pubs look set to get new lease of life

The former Melbourne Arms pub on Barnsley Road, Hemsworth. Derelict for a number of years, the building and land have become a haven for arsonists, flytipping and anti-social groups. The current owners were ordered to demolish the building last year (2010), and are now appearing in court for refusing to carry out the order.'h5410c123
The former Melbourne Arms pub on Barnsley Road, Hemsworth. Derelict for a number of years, the building and land have become a haven for arsonists, flytipping and anti-social groups. The current owners were ordered to demolish the building last year (2010), and are now appearing in court for refusing to carry out the order.'h5410c123

TWO local pubs are set to be transformed if recent planning applications are given the go-ahead.

The Melbourne Arms, Barnsley Road, Hemsworth, could be turned into a residential development of 12 townhouses.

The former public house caused misery for local residents since it closed down almost six years ago until it was demolished in September 2011. Nearby locals endured arson attacks, vandalism, flytipping, underage drinking and illegal drug-taking.

But owners Leisure Inn Developments now wants to build on the site and has applied for permission to slightly alter an application that was approved in October last year. The new proposal includes 11 four-bedroom houses and one three-bedroom house - instead of 12 four bedroom properties - and a minor change to the access road. Wakefield Council planning officers are currently considering the application.

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Visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/planning to comment on either application.