BARNSLEY Council has rubber-stamped a planning application so a pub – which had been trading for eight years without the proper permission – can re-open.

The oversight at the Oyle in the Wall on Market Street, Hoyland only came to light when new owners made moves to re-open the pub after its closure in September.

The pub has had three different tenants since it opened in 2016 but according to a council report, planning permission for the change of use was never actually granted.

An application was submitted to formally change the use of the venue late last year, before the council’s planning board approved the application earlier this week.