Last orders called at landmark pub

Station Hotel, Newstead Village.
Station Hotel, Newstead Village.

Last orders have been called on the Station Hotel pub in Newstead Village, which is to be demolished after it closed about two years ago.

Owners Sam Smith’s Brewery of Tadcaster applied for controlled demolition to Gedling Borough Council (GBC) and informed residents with a notice on the pub dated August 11, with demolition set for October 5.

Local action group Future Newstead has objected to the plan and around 50 residents have already rallied behind an anti-demolition petition.

Member Jude Smith said: “To knock it down seems like vandalism. It was built in 1881 and is the same age as the listed buildings in Newstead Abbey. Newstead is a brilliant little place to live and all sorts of people held their meetings in the pub for free - but now there’s nowhere for us to meet. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) tried to get it listed as an asset of community value which will delay the process for six months.”

Jude said the campaigners were appealing for any information about the pub’s history to support their bid.

She added: “It’s a beautiful, iconic building, and it is full of original features. We are trying to find out the history of the building. We think it has links to Newstead Abbey. It has some interesting chimmneys and we are trying to trace the architect.”

Residents fear the site of the pub will be used to build houses and say the village lacks the facilities and infrastructure to cope.

Four of the nine members of the village’s Parish Council have already objected; but five objections from councillors are needed for the parish authority to object as a whole.

A GBC spokesperson said the demolition of non-listed buildings doesn’t usually require planning permission where the owner has asked the council whether they want to approve the details of the method of demolition and restoration of the site or not.