PLANS to convert the site of a Thurnscoe pub into a retail development have been given the go-ahead by the council.

Robert Suret was given permission to redevelop the site of the Thurnscoe Hotel on Houghton Road into new shop units.

The planning report said: "The Thurnscoe Hotel has operated primarily as a public house over recent years but was closed in 2010 and delicenced. Although the closure of any business is regrettable, it is not unexpected that these particular premises have closed due to the economic situation regarding public houses, both locally and nationally. The proposal seeks to obtain a suitable alternative use."

The plan has been given outline permission, which means more details will need to be provided at a later date.