Nottinghamshire pub could get new lease of life after closing in wake of Covid

Mac & Co, which has stood empty on the corner of Bridge Place and Church Walk in Worksop for around 18 months, could be turned into offices
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A Nottinghamshire pub could get a new lease of life after it closed in the wake of the Covid pandemic. The vacant Mac & Co, which has stood empty on the corner of Bridge Place and Church Walk in Worksop for around 18 months, could be turned into offices after its owner submitted plans to Bassetlaw District Council.

The venue had been part of nationwide pub chain Yates, but it was put on the market in January last year for £325,000. Applicant Kevin McDonnell now wants to use the building as seven different office spaces, some of which will be occupied by companies linked to the businessman.

Planning documents explained no changes were proposed to the outside of the structure, other than the removal of the former pub's signage and branding. The applicant's architects claimed the new use of the building would help to maintain and improve its appearance by "arresting what might otherwise be a decline in the physical and visual condition of the site".

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An extended period of marketing did not attract any interest from investors who wanted to bring the empty pub back, the applicant's planning agents claimed. The offices would provide a "comfortable working environment" and support the economic growth of Worksop by repurposing the vacant building.

In a planning document, architects Planning and Design Group, on behalf of applicant Kevin McDonnell, said: "The proposals represent a positive re-use of an existing building that would not be detrimental to the amenities of existing uses in the town centre.

"It has been demonstrated that there would be no adverse impacts of any significance upon matters of importance in respect of design or amenity considerations that might otherwise outweigh the significant benefits that would arise, in particular diversifying the supply of homes." The planning applicant is pending consideration by Bassetlaw District Council.