Plans to open nursery cafe inside former pub

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Plans to open a play cafe in a former pub have been submitted.

The Old Crown Inn on Barnsley Road, South Kirkby shut in 2012 and was recently redeveloped into four flats.

Now, applicant Dean Buckingham wants to open a new cafe for children aged up to five.

The plans say that the opening would create four jobs; two full-time and two part-time.

The planning application states that: “The play cafe will have a positive effect on the area, bringing in custom from Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Wakefield and Leeds.

“It will boost economy by attracting people to the area, who may then in turn use the local amenities and visit other businesses.

“It will also aid the regeneration of the local area by utilising an empty building, improving the surroundings for residents and other businesses alike.”

A decision by Wakefield Council is expected by early January.