Fire-damaged riverside pub to be demolished?

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AN historic riverside pub which was ravaged by fire last year may be demolished to make way for a large house, cottage and cafe.

The 18th century Wardleys Hotel at Wardleys Creek, near Hambleton, was damaged by fire in April 2011.

The empty pub had been targeted by vandals since it closed in autumn 2010, and prior to that, in recent years, had a checkered history.

During 2009 councillors imposed a month’s alcohol ban after the then landlady allowed a group to drink at the pub until dawn.

And two years earlier more than 1,500 cannabis plants, with a street value of around £1m, were found growing in nine rooms of the building when it was operated as a Chinese restaurant.

When it was hit by fire last spring around £500,000 damage was sustained and owner Terry Pederson described it as a “write-off.”

Before the fire he had been looking to find a new tenant for the pub. Now he has submitted plans to demolish the building and construct a home, holiday cottage and cafe.

The plans have been considered by Stalmine with Staynall Parish Council, which says it has no objections.

Wyre planners, who will have the final say, will decided on the plans soon.