Apartments planned for former New Inn and Chinese restaurant site
A landmark former Wolverhampton pub alongside the Metro route could be converted into apartments if a proposal is given the go-ahead.
Bilston-based developers RJ & Sons Ltd want to create 14 flats at the New Inn on A41 Bilston Road.
If approved, there will be nine one-bedroom apartments and five two-bedroom apartments, along with 17 parking spaces on the site.
The venue closed as a pub a number of years ago but operated as a Chinese buffet restaurant until it closed completely in 2018.
The application states: “The New Inn is a large roadside public house occupying a prominent corner position on the junction of Bilston Road and Ettingshall Road.
“It was built in 1937 to designs by the architects A T and Bertram Butler of Priory Street, Dudley to replace an earlier public house which was demolished to make way for improvements to Ettingshall Road.
“Although built as a public house and run for one for many years The New Inn was converted and operated as a Chinese buffet again for many years but has been closed since the middle of 2018
“It is a prominent local landmark and a relatively rare example of an inter-war public house which survives, internally and externally, in virtually its original form.
“We intend to turn the building into 14 apartments. They all will have their own entrance with along with all separate services.
“There will be parking for 17 cars on the car park and is on a main bus route from Wolverhampton into Bilston.
“It is also on the main tram line through from Wolverhampton into Birmingham. And the Priestfield Metro stop is in walking distance.
Council planners are currently considering the application.
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