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Crooked House owners' plan to rebuild the pub on new site met with opposition and called 'utterly laughable'

Plans by the owners of the Crooked House to rebuild the iconic pub on a new site have been met with fierce opposition – including from the West Midlands Mayor who has called the idea 'utterly laughable'.

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File photo dated 7/8/2023 of the burnt out remains of The Crooked House pub near Dudley. When it comes to rebuilding a pub from the ground up, Ben Martin and Tom Rees are the experts. They own the Carlton Tavern - a London pub which was illegally torn down in 2015 by its previous owners who were then ordered to rebuild it "brick by brick". The Crooked House pub in Dudley faces a similar future after it was destroyed in a suspicious fire in August 2023. Issue date: Friday March 8, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLITICS Crooked . Photo credit should read: Jacob King/PA Wire

The idea was floated in response to South Staffordshire Council serving an enforcement notice ordering owners ATE Farms to rebuild the building in Himley to the state it was in prior to a fire which destroyed it last August.

It was demolished a couple of days later in a move which was deemed 'unlawful' by the authority.

The owners have appealed the notice and a document setting out their grounds of appeal revealed their intention to rebuild the pub on other land they own along with other development to 'increase footfall'.

The Crooked House after the fire and before its demolition

"The proposal locates a newly constructed Crooked House pub along with appropriate parking and landscaping further north off Crooked House Lane and as near to the highway junction with the Himley Road as would allow," the document said.

The demolition of the wonky pub sparked a huge uprising by campaigners calling for it to be rebuilt 'brick by brick'.

People have been having their say in response to the owners' plans, on social media.