Old town centre Wetherspoon pub could be transformed into new apartments

-Credit: (Image: Google Street View)
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A former Wetherspoon pub in Willenhall town centre which has been closed for more than a year could be converted into new studio apartments. Developer Menfor Group has put forward a proposal to Walsall Council planning officers to convert The Malthouse in New Road into new housing.

If approved, work will include extending the building to add an extra storey to accommodate the eight apartments planned. The pub closed its doors for the final time in March last year and was sold earlier this year, having been put on the market with offers in the region of £650,000 being invited.

It is steeped in history with the pub built on the site of an old malthouse, originally built in the 18th century. It has also previously been converted into a cinema and a bingo hall. Walsall Council planning officers are anticipated to make a decision on the proposal in July.

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Agents Cr8 Architecture said: "The property is located in a predominantly mixed-use area, characterized by both residential and commercial properties. The immediate surroundings include local shops, services, and residential homes, contributing to a vibrant community atmosphere.

"The property has historically served as a public house with a residential flat on the first floor. However, it has been vacant for a significant period, contributing to a sense of neglect and underutilization in the area. The proposed development aims to rejuvenate the site, providing much needed housing and retail space that will enhance the local economy and community vitality.

"Providing eight new studio apartments will help meet local housing demands, offering affordable and diverse living options. By bringing new residents and businesses to the area, the development will foster a sense of community and contribute to a safer, more vibrant neighbourhood."

They added: " In conclusion, the proposed conversion of the Old Malthouse Pub into eight studio apartments with retained retail space on the ground floor aligns with the principles and objectives of the NPPF. The development promotes sustainable growth, efficient use of land, economic vitality, and community well-being.

"Therefore, we respectfully request that prior approval be granted for this application, recognizing the significant benefits it will bring to the local area."

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