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Progress in plans to transform abandoned pub

The Swan Inn ahead of its renovation
The Swan Inn ahead of its renovation

PLANS to transform an abandoned pub in Poole are progressing.

Two premises licence applications have now been submitted for the ground floor of The Swan Inn as its redevelopment continues.

The former pub building in Old Orchard has sat vacant for more than a decade, having last been occupied by an Enid Blyton-inspired ‘Ginger Pop Shop’.

It has been undergoing renovation after developers were granted permission to convert it into two commercial units and three apartments.

The latest licensing applications could indicate that the new occupants are a step closer to moving in.

While there is no signage outside the former Swan Inn building, the applications shed a little light on what the commercial units could be used for.

Bournemouth Echo: The Swan Inn ahead of its renovation
Bournemouth Echo: The Swan Inn ahead of its renovation

The Swan Inn ahead of its renovation (Image: Google Maps)

One application requests permission for indoor sporting events, live music, recorded music, and dance performances, as well as late-night refreshments and both on and off sales of alcohol.

It proposes that these activities take place between 9am and 2am Monday to Thursday, between 8am and 3am Friday and Saturday, and between 9am and 1am on Sunday.

The second application requests the off sales of alcohol between 6am and midnight Monday to Thursday, between 6am and 1amvfrom Friday to Saturday, and between 10.30am to 10.30pm.

Both premises licence applications are yet to be determined by BCP Council and they will remain open for public consultation until December 19.

Bournemouth Echo: Proposed rear elevations for The Swan Inn pub
Bournemouth Echo: Proposed rear elevations for The Swan Inn pub

Proposed rear elevations for The Swan Inn pub

Permission to renovate the building was first granted to developers Elliott Heron Ltd in April 2022, despite several objections by residents.

These included that the scheme would result in a ‘loss of heritage’, that ‘flats were not needed’ in the area, and that ‘more clarification was needed on the commercial units’.

At the time, the developers pledged to “respect the integrity” of The Swan Inn.

They offered assurance that the proposed renovation would retain the frontage of the pub while creating a more contemporary rear elevation.

It was also agreed to protect the building’s distinguishable front green tiles and existing sash windows.