PLANS to convert part of a pub building into six new commercial units have been approved by the council.

The new plans for the Hoyland Tap will not affect the pub’s use and it will remain open.

The application, which was submitted in October, was officially approved last week – and the new occupants have already agreed in principle to take over the site.

A planning report states: “The application site is Hoyland Tap, formerly known as The Potters Wheel. In 2023, the applicant took over the management of the Potters Wheel but made the decision to re-brand and make the floorspace smaller.

“The reasoning behind it was to give the pub a new lease of life, reduce running costs and increase the likelihood of keeping a pub on the parade in the long term. Hoyland Tap will remain open and is not affected by this application.

“Now that the public house has been made smaller, the applicant has been left with an area of vacant floorspace.

“This application seeks to convert this vacant floorspace to six commercial units.

“The applicant already has lettings agreed in principle for all six units.

“The businesses that have secured a unit are a wax melts shop, a support group, café, hairdresser, one beauty room and a baby sensory room.

“At the front of the building is a covered porch. This is proposed to be converted to a cafe seating area with serving hatch. It is to be used ancillary to the micro pub.”