An historic Nuneaton pub which holds a special place in the hearts of generations could be converted into flats.
The future of the Crown Inn pub has been unclear since it closed its doors without warning back in February 2018.
But now plans have been revealed to turn the 19th century building into ten flats.
An application has been submitted to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council which seeks permission for the conversion to take place.
Known for its incredibly long bar with an array of choices for customers, The Crown holds a special place in the heart of generations of townsfolk.
It was not just a place where people used to go to drink it was also a meeting place for many groups, including Nuneaton Folk Club, a games club and the local branch of the Green Party.
Sudden Impulse Theatre Company also used rooms above the pub to rehearse and the group have even staged plays at the venue in the past.
The pub was also known for offering a platform for many local bands and was known for hosting regular live gigs.
It was put on the market with RightMove but it appears no buyer has been found.
What are the plans?
According to the design and access statement in the planning application, there was ‘little or no interest’ shown on the market for the building to continue as a pub.
“An alternative use needs to be found for this building quickly before it falls into a state of disrepair and a straight conversion becomes unviable,” the report states.
“The vacant site will also attract anti-social behaviour, which could further damage the building and affect adjacent businesses.”
It goes on to add that there would be a mixture of three and two-bed apartments and seven one-bedroom apartments.
The plans ask for a single storey rear extension will square off the existing toilet block to the rear of the building, creating a more usuable space for an apartment.
Secondly, the applicant wants to extend the stair structure upwards to use the second floor.
Decision dates and consultation
Planners at the Town Hall will now look at the plans.
At the same time, a public consultation will run to give people the chance to have their say.
The application is number 03744 and can be found on the borough council website. This will run online until November 3.
The target decision date for the plans is January 6.
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