UK Prayers Not Pints Lay Ahead For Shut Pub That Dates Back To Victorian Era

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Prayers not pints lay ahead for shut pub that dates back to Victorian era

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The old Sherwood Foresters




A SIKH group's plan to turn an historic pub into a temple has won the backing of city council officers despite four letters of objection.

The Ramgarhia Sabha Sikh took over the former Sherwood Foresters in Normanton to transform it into a place of worship.

Now Derby City Council's planning department has backed the scheme ahead of a meeting tomorrow to decide the application.

Four letters of objection and one letter of support were received by the council.
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Among the objections were suggestions the building should be put to different uses, including a military museum.

But a report from city council planners said the proposed use would "provide a locally-important building with a long-term use".

It added: "The proposed use of the building as a Sikh place of worship has been demonstrated to be compatible with the form of the building so no overriding objections are raised."

The 120-year-old building, in St Thomas Road, was originally targeted by developer Red Rose Care, which planned to knock it down and build a care home.

But local people raised objections and the company pulled out.

The property, built as a private house in 1885, was acquired by Burton brewer Ind Coope in 1889 and rebuilt as a hotel, then a pub.

More than 120 people signed a petition to save the building, saying it was part of Normanton's heritage.



http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/n...orian-era/article-2778255-detail/article.html
 
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