Apartment plan for Black Country pub whose owners were driven out by violent attacks

A troubled former Black Country pub could be converted into apartments after the owners were driven out by violent attacks from thugs.

The Cock Inn pub in Dudley Road, Rowley Regis. Photo: Google
The Cock Inn pub in Dudley Road, Rowley Regis. Photo: Google

The Cock Inn, on Dudley Road in Rowley Regis, has been the scene of violence, anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping which has resulted in the pub being closed and plans put forward to transform it.

Sandwell Council planners are considering an application by the owners, listed as Mr and Mrs Johnson, for the creation of nine one and two-bedroomed flats.

Planning agent BSP Design said it is hoped the redevelopment will bring an end to the problems that have been experienced in the area, which has resulted in the decline of the pub business.

They added the apartments would be affordable accommodation for young couples of single professionals.

In the application, the agents said: “Over the years the applicant has seen a gradual decline to the business and has faced various incidents of anti-social behaviour and violence against him and his family, whilst running the business.

“In light of this he has decided to close the premises and redevelop the site to create essential affordable accommodation by way of small one and two-bed flats.

“Walking along the footpath in the dark can be quite intimidating especially for the elderly.

“The vacant land adjacent can attract anti-social behaviour and young males can be found congregating there late at night, smoking, drinking, causing a nuisance.

“The redevelopment of the public house will not only get rid of this problem it will also allow the refurbishment of the entire site, making it more attractive to neighbouring residents and more importantly safer during the evening.

“The site also attracts fly-tipping and our client has on many occasions had to take rubbish to the local recycling centre, this then causes vermin infestation.

“Our client is therefore keen to develop the site which will hopefully remedy this problem too. The applicant therefore feels redevelopment on the site will hopefully resolve these issues.”

They added: “The proposed scheme is well thought out, the design and style of the extension and alterations are in keeping with the existing building and the character of the street.

“The flats will provide affordable accommodation for young couples or single professionals within the area.”

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