THE Village motel will be knocked down and replaced with social housing.
Plans to demolish the Castleford Road pub, 50-cover restaurant and 40-room motel and replace it with a 45-home residential development have been approved.
The scheme will include two and three bedroom semi-detached and detached houses, which will all be rented as affordable housing.
Wakefield Council’s planning committee has granted permission to Partner Construction, despite objections from residents.
The local authority received 21 letters of objection and a petition containing 78 signatures which raised concerns over the loss of the 30-year-old pub, and that there was no evidence that any jobs would be created in the future at the site.
Objectors also questioned how much pressure the new homes would put on local schools.
But Normanton Town Council had supported the application, claiming the proposal would “enhance the town”.
Town and Wakefield councillor Alan Wassell, who sat on the planning committee, said: “There is a dire shortage of affordable housing in the Normanton area and historically that area has been housing.
“In my opinion it will rejuvenate the bottom end of town.
“The pub has declined and was not viable anymore.”
Spirit Pub Company, which owns the motel, is expected to close the premises later this year, but it still remains open.
Manager Jenny Terry is to relocate to another pub with the company. The new housing development will include access roads from Coronation Street and Pontefract Road and all houses will have private gardens and two parking spaces.
Developers have been asked to contribute £80,654 to Family Services towards seven places at Normanton Common Primary School and £30,000 to Metro for bus information displays and travel cards.
Earlier this year receivers on behalf of Atrium Hotels were given fresh planning consent to build a three-storey 80-bed hotel on land next to The Village, between Castleford Road and Pontefract Road.
They hope to sell the site on with the permission so development can get underway within the next three years, complimenting the new houses.