Wolverhampton pub to be auctioned off after lying empty for seven years

A derelict pub which has been shut for seven years and become a magnet for anti-social behaviour could fetch almost £300,000 at auction.

The Rookery Tavern in Wolverhampton closed in 2014
The Rookery Tavern in Wolverhampton closed in 2014

The Rookery Tavern, known locally as "The Rook", on Wood Street in Wolverhampton, was closed down in late 2014 and has been left derelict.

The pub was listed as an asset of community value six years ago but closed soon after. The area has since become overgrown and attracted problems including anti-social behaviour fly-tipping.

It had previously been known for regularly hosting meetings for the English Defence League and is currently the subject of a planning application for 24 apartments.

Police were called to the pub in May of 2014 after a car was driven through a crowd of people outside the pub.

It was also well-known for its community events, charity fundraisers and pool, dominoes and darts team.

Now Bond Wolfe is set to auction off the property on Thursday with bids starting from the guide price of £299,999 for the two-storey building.

The Rookery Tavern in Wood Street

Plans have been submitted to Wolverhampton Council for the pub to be torn down and replaced by 24 new apartments, but the proposal has not yet been fully approved – although chiefs at the authority have written an "in principle" letter of support for the scheme.

Colin Totney, land and development surveyor at Bond Wolfe, said: "This site offers an ideal opportunity for a developer. It sits in the middle of a large residential area with local services including a popular and highly successful local primary school.

"Planning permission to redevelop the site for homes has already been secured since the pub closed nearly eight years ago, but this has now expired. The local authority clearly supports the new planning application and the general proposal to provide much needed new housing on the site.

"We are expecting highly competitive bidding for this property when it comes up for auction at our sale event on Thursday.

"Our online auctions are attracting thousands of viewers and potential bidders from across the country and overseas and the former Rookery Tavern is just the sort of keenly-priced redevelopment opportunity many of them are looking for."

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