Donington's Red Cow Hotel will be going under the hammer
Hopes are high that a village eyesore will finally be sorted once it goes under the hammer later this week.
The Red Cow Hotel has stood empty in the heart of Donington for more than a decade but traders and councillors are keeping their fingers crossed that something will finally happen with the site.
Allsop are due to be selling the site during the online auction on Thursday, September 17. The guide price is £240,000.
The site had been put on the market in 2018 by Market Homes.
Donington Parish Council chairman Jane Stanley is one of the people who are hoping that the site will be improved.
She said: “It has been a mess for nearly 15 years and it would be really nice if something was done with it.
“The building really needs putting right as it would make such a difference to the village as it is an eyesore.
“You cannot help but see it as it is so big and looks such a mess.
“Hopefully someone will take it on and do something with it.”
Town trader Paul Marriott is another person in the village who hopes the building will be sorted at long last.
Mr Marriott, who owns Tulipland Butchers, said: “It has been neglected for a quite a number of years.
“The building is a mess and really does want something doing with it.
“As it is in the heart of the village, it would make a difference.”
South Holland district councillor Jane King said: “It would be lovely if a developer wanted to get involved and do something with it.
“We absolutely supported Market Homes when they bought the Red Cow but they did nothing with it so it felt like a slap in the face.”
South Holland District Council granted planning permission for 18 residential dwellings on the Red Cow site.
The permission includes two one bedroom apartments, nine two bedroom houses and seven three bedroom houses.
The site area is approximately 0.339 hectares and it has 16 car parking spaces.
Market Homes had received planning permission in April 2018 to build 18 homes, some incorporating the grade II listed, High Street hotel and some on land behind.
In 2016 the company gained planning permission to put 31 apartment-style homes on the site.
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