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Donington's derelict hotel back on the market

Disappointment as the Red Cow goes back on the market. (2281381)
Disappointment as the Red Cow goes back on the market. (2281381)

Hopes of a dream re-development of the derelict Red Cow Hotel in Donington were shattered as owners Market Homes put the site up for sale.

The company was given planning consent in April 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.

News of the company pulling the plug and selling up has sparked anger and disappointment in Donington.

District and parish councillor Jane King has been at the forefront of the fight to transform a building considered dangerous and structurally unsound as well as a blot on the landscape.

Market Homes is the third in a series of would-be developers to pull out.

Coun King said: "I am completely gutted to be quite honest with you."

She said Market Homes had appeared sincere in its bid to re-develop the Red Cow but the project is ending the same way as the previous two.

She said: "Here we go again .... it's almost like there's some jinx over that building."

Coun King and the Spalding Guardian contacted the Market Homes office but were told there was no one available to discuss the move to sell the site.

In Donington, there's speculation that Market Homes pulled the plug because of the likely development costs but Coun King says Market Homes must have known the cost all along.

The dilapidated Red Cow is propped up on the inside with metal supports and the building is on the district council's "at risk register".

Although Market Homes is selling up, the district council is insisting that remedial works are carried out within the next nine days.

A South Holland District Council spokesman said: "The council's Building Control Team have recently written to the landowner requesting works be undertaken by June 8 to make the building safe."

At April's planning meeting, officer Mark Simmonds told councillors: "There's concern if something doesn't happen soon we will lose big sections of it."


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