Plans to finally transform site of vandal-plagued derelict pub set to finally progress

A planned apartment block which would transform a vandal-plagued derelict pub could finally move forward.

The Bowman in Myatt Avenue, Aldridge. PIC: Google Street View
The Bowman in Myatt Avenue, Aldridge. PIC: Google Street View

Developers SEP Properties wants to demolish The Bowman in Myatt Avenue, Aldridge, and replace it with a block of 12 one- and two-bedroom flats in its place.

They have said the pub was closed in 2019 and said it has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour such as fly-tipping and vandalism, leaving the building in a poor condition. They have also claimed the site was no longer viable to be run as a pub business.

Earlier this year, Walsall Council planners granted outline permission for the scheme, and the developers are now looking to get the full go-ahead.

This is the second bid to redevelop the site as a proposal, which was originally backed by Walsall Council’s planning committee almost three years ago, didn’t progress at that point.

Agents Simpatico Planning said: “The application site, which was formerly a public house with associated parking facilities, is currently disused, having become unviable as a drinking establishment.

“The site has become dilapidated and untidy, being the victim of vandalism and fly-tipping.

“It is proposed to demolish all existing buildings within the site, addressing the current harm it is causing to visual amenity in the locality, and to erect a new two and three storey building to provide new homes.

“The area is also well served by local amenities, including retained drinking establishments. The White House Public House stands a few streets away to the south of the site and, closer by; the Red Lion Public House is located in Station Road, a short walk to the east of the site.

“This development proposal represents a positive regeneration of a site which currently provides zero amenity to the local community and which, once redeveloped as much needed entry level homes, will make a positive contribution to vitality, character and visual amenity in the locality.

“The site is located within an existing residential settlement and this proposal represents an opportunity to provide affordable new homes of an appropriate density on a windfall brownfield site, in accordance with the national priorities.

“The development proposals take into account local and national design policy, ensuring a quality development and securing a high level of amenity both for existing neighbours and the future occupiers of the proposed apartments.

“The proposed development would represent a significant visual improvement on the existing buildings within the site, making a positive contribution to the locality both to its character and to the vitality of its current retail offering.”

Walsall Council planning officers are expected to make a decision on the proposal in May.

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