Plans to redevelop derelict listed building now on hold

MUCH-anticipated plans to redevelop a derelict Grade II listed building at the heart of Donington have been put on hold.

The application for the Red Cow Hotel, in High Street, has been described as ‘invalid’ by South Holland District Council, following its long-awaited submission.

Applicant Kevin Power hopes to convert the building into a bar/restaurant, dental surgery, five flats, and add seven more dwellings to the rear.

However, the project - some two years in the making - has been put on hold while the district council ask for more information on how it would affect ‘the fabric’ of the building.

Mr Power described the decision as a ‘shame’, explaining he felt such detail could come at a later stage after the project had been approved in principle. He said, without this, he was concerned a lot of ‘costly’ design work could go to waste if the bid was rejected.

Steve Williams, head of planning and development, said: “The Red Cow is an important building in the centre of Donington, and the onus is on the applicant to submit sufficient information to enable the council to fully assess the impact of the proposals on the fabric, appearance and special character of this listed building.”