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The redevelopment of the old gun shop in Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster has moved a step closer, after the bitter fight to secure planning approval was won.
 
The former barn, which had been the site of a gun shop for over 150 years, has secured annexe status under plans agreed by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council in April, that are expected to see the site eventually converted into living accommodation.
 
The move is being hailed as a welcome victory by local councillors and building experts, who have been keen to see the site returned to some form of beneficial use after years of decline and debate over its long-term future. 
 
The undisclosed deal is the culmination of almost two years of wrangling between the local authority and North Yorkshire planning consultancy and project management experts, DPA Planning.
 
Despite several setbacks, Sam Dewar, director of DPA Planning, secured permission, overcoming objections by local planning officers, who saw the site as unsuitable for redevelopment due to its ‘unsustainable’ location. 
 
Cllr Linda Curran, who’s Hatfield Ward covers the Bawtry Road site, also lent her support to the planning appeal, because she believed redevelopment would be good for the local area.
 
Sam Dewar,who has more than a 95% success rate in securing planning permission for clients, welcomed the decision, adding that local councils needed to adapt their approach to planning, reflecting the modern needs of local places and people.
 
He said: “This is a great result, and we’re delighted to have played our part in securing the go ahead for a project that will see new life breathed into the old site.
 
“It’s a good resolution of what has been a protracted planning process. The battle was hard fought, but we’re delighted to see that common sense has prevailed in the end.” 
 
DPA Planning provides services and advice to enable clients to secure town planning needs and requirements. These include turnkey services, involvement part way through a planning application, and planning enforcement support. More at www.dpaplanning.co.uk

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