An initial planning application to demolish a century old Rubery pub and replace it with a housing development has been refused by Birmingham City Council. 

Developers Malvern Estates PLC, alongside Unique Pub Properties PLC, are seeking permission to demolish the former coaching inn and develop the site. The development would consist of 8 detached and 4 semi-detached homes with a private access drive running adjacent to Rubery Lane.

However, yesterday, their initial application was turned down after a report by a planning officer highlighted issues with access, meaning that vehicles may have to reverse out onto Rubery Lane. Another reason for refusal was that trees under a Tree Preservation Order would be affected.

Despite the issues leading to refusal, in his report, the officer states: “The principle of residential development and the demolition of the existing public house, is acceptable.”

It is therefore probable that developers will resubmit amended plans for the site.

Built in 1811, The Cock Inn in Rubery Lane is the oldest pub in Rubery. It has been vacant for around two years and is sadly falling into a state of disrepair.

It is said that the RAF were billeted at The Cock Inn during WWII and operated barrage balloons at Rubery Quarry, to protect the factories in Longbridge.

Following a public meeting and discussion with developers, Cllr Andy Cartwright (Longbridge, Labour) had expressed that something to remember the heritage of the site must be included.

On hearing of the refusal, he said: “Development is needed in that part of the area, the developers need to ensure that they compliment the community. Many residents contacted me regarding the trees and I’m sure that this will be welcomed by those concerned. The developers I’m sure will re submit. Myself and Cllr Griffiths will ensure the ideas put forward for the heritage will still be priority.”

We will update if and when new plans are presented to Birmingham City Council

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