ARDSLEY HOUSE HOTEL will be demolished to make way for 27 houses.

Councillors said it a ‘sad day for Barnsley’ as they gave developers the all clear to demolish the building - which was built in 1773.

The former three-star hotel has been empty since July 2014 after owner St James’s Hotel Group conducted a review on its viability, making 50 staff redundant.

The proposals for the development have been submitted by Arncliffe Homes and Amberton Properties Ltd.

Several councillors welcomed the development, but said they would be sad to see the original building demolished.

Coun Robin Franklin said: “I can’t understand for the life of me why it couldn’t be retained. It’s a sad day, it’s a 18th century property we’ve destroyed. I welcome the development, but I’m sorry we could not retain the original house.”