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Much-loved Gornal pub with top reviews could become apartments

A much-loved Dudley pub could soon be turned into a set of apartments – the third in the last year in the borough to be earmarked for development.

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Five Ways Inn

The Five ways Inn on Himley Road in Gornal has rave reviews but plans were lodged last week to transform the boozer into a set of seven private apartments.

The pub stands at the busy five ways junction on the Himley to Dudley Road where Bull Street and Redhall Road lead into Gornal. Customers of the pub had left rave reviews on Google with some calling it a “must-visit place” and commenting on the quality of the drinks, food and the friendliness of the staff.

Developers say the layout of the pub site will remain largely unchanged with nine car parking spaces provided. Plans will see the ground floor extended to the side and split into four apartments consisting of three one-bedroom apartments and one studio apartment. The first and second floors will also be split into three apartments.

In a design and access statement a representative for the developer, affordable home designs, said: “The proposed two-storey/first-floor side extension will be in keeping with the existing scale and size of the pub.

“The size of the apartments will be similar to other apartments in the area and will meet the local area’s current standards with regard to living accommodation size and space.”

“The two-storey side extension will be similar in appearance to the existing pub. The character of the building will remain unchanged apart from repair, refurbishment or like-for-like replacement of necessary features. It is intended to keep as much of the existing character as possible and incorporate the existing design and features into the new scheme.”

“It is considered that this proposed development in this location is well designed, sustainable and appropriate for the site to enhance the character and appearance of the local context.”

The pub is one of a number in Dudley which is facing development including The Fiddlers Arms in Gornal, a crime-ridden derelict pub which could be torn down to make way for nine homes.

And The Crown Pub in Netherton, closed down in 2018 after a machete attack left one person with a serious head wound, could be turned into a OneStop supermarket.