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Donington's reaction to the news that the Red Cow Hotel sale has fallen through

Hopes that a village eyesore would finally be sorted have been dashed after news that the sale has fallen through.

The former Red Cow Hotel in Donington is back on the market after its previous sale had not been completed.

The derelict site, which has planning permission for 18 dwellings, was sold during an online auction in September for £289,000.

Red Cow, Donington (42228392)
Red Cow, Donington (42228392)

It is now due to be going back under the hammer for £240,000 during another online auction run by Allsop on October 29.

Henry Bingham, who represents Donington on South Holland District Council, said that it was a shame that the sale had not gone through.

He said: “It is very disappointing that the sale was not completed and hopefully someone will buy it this time.

“We are all very keen to see this eyesore dealt with. If anyone comes up with a good idea they will have the support of the local councillors.

“The Red Cow is a large site in Donington and it would be nice to see it looking tidy.”

Fellow ward member Jane King said that she was not surprised that the sale had not gone through and is calling for future buyers to do their research.

She also said that ward members had spoken to South Holland District Council before the COVID pandemic struck about the possibility of a compulsory purchase of the site.

She said: “It is a shame to see the building in that state. I remember attending a party there and it was a
lovely building.

“I think if the listed building status came off that would untie a lot of things.”

Vice-chairman of Donington Parish Council Phil Lovell feels that there should be greater inspection of listed buildings.

Coun Lovell said: “I would not have thought it would not be too difficult for the powers that be to enforce legislation that before someone is allowed to sell a listed building, it should be inspected to see if it is in as good condition as when they purchased it.

“The Red Cow is part of the history of Donington and it is sad to see it in the state it has been allowed to get into.”

The Red Cow is among 254 lots which will be going under the hammer on October 29 during the online auction being run by Allsop.

A spokesperson fromAllsop commented: “The Red Cow in Donnington was sold at auction on September 17 however the buyer failed to complete the transaction. The property is therefore being re-offered in our October auction.” The planning permission includes one bedroom apartments, two bedroom houses, and three bedroom houses.

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