Social housing for The Norman?

The Norman pub, Queen Elizabeth Dv, Normanton
The Norman pub, Queen Elizabeth Dv, Normanton

ANOTHER 200 people could soon be living on Queen Elizabeth Drive.

Plans are in to replace The Norman Hotel, and grassland around, it with 45 houses.

The Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) scheme could see the abandoned pub demolished to make way for the extrasocial housing and 94 car parking spaces.

The troubled pub was shut down earlier this year after complaints from residents about under-age drinking and drug problems.

And since it closed, the site has been plagued by vandals.

WDH’s service director for community regeneration Helen Wordsworth said the homes would be available at “affordable rents” through their Homesearch scheme.

She added: “Demolishing The Norman Hotel will allow us to provide more affordable family homes in the local area.

“The properties will be built with high levels of energy-efficiency measures to keep fuel bills low and will hopefully meet Secured by Design standards.

“Demolition is due to be completed in the new year. Work is due to begin in summer 2013, subject to planning permission.”

The pub had its premises licence revoked by Wakefield Council last November after it heard children as young as 12 were found drinking at the site during a police raid.

It remained open while its owner Harmony Pub Company Ltd appealed the decision, but solicitors for the group decided to withdraw their appeal at the 11th hour.

Since the building has been empty, police have been called to reports of children climbing on its roof.

WDH has submitted plans to Wakefield Council for the social housing scheme.

It includes 18 three-bedroom homes, which would each be suitable for five people, and 27 two-bedroom houses, which would be for families of four.