Plans to demolish a hundred year old Rubery pub, and replace it with houses, have been resubmitted to Birmingham City Council.

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

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.

Last year, Malvern Estates PLC, alongside Unique Pub Properties PLC, sought permission to develop the former coaching inn as part of a proposed housing development. The development would consist of 8 detached and 4 semi-detached homes with a private access drive running adjacent to Rubery Lane.

However, the initial application was unsuccessful with the council’s planning committee turning down the plans on the grounds that there were issues with access, meaning that vehicles, such as refuse lorries, may have to reverse out on to Rubery Lane. Another reason for refusal was that trees under a Tree Preservation Order would be affected.

Now developers have resubmitted their plans having addressed these issues. They have resubmitted new drawings to demonstrate that, in their view, there is room for large vehicles to enter the access road, turn around and exit facing forwards into Rubery Lane. They have also worked with a Tree Officer from Birmingham City Council to modify their tree plan.

New drawings submitted by developers (bottom) show access more clearly

The proposals state that developers have considered turning the existing building into properties but that it was unviable, citing lack of space for rear gardens and the state of disrepair of the building as some of the reasons.

Independent Cllr Ian Cruise tweeted this morning: “Of course I’m going to oppose demolition. Too much of our local heritage has been lost.”

Local residents and stakeholders have until 23rd February 2017 to submit comments for consideration by the city’s planning committee. 

You can access the planning application, view all the documents and leave your views on Birmingham City Council’s Planning Online site. Please note, this is a new amended application and if you submitted views before you may wish to submit them again.


  1. Despite it not being a listed building, it does have a bit of a history in terms of having resident ghosts spooking customers and residents alike over the decades!

    I believe historian and paranormal investigator, Richard Felix (of “Most Haunted” fame) was invited to spend an evening there many years ago, and he did “feel” the presence of one or two grounded ghosts.

    Whether ghosts actually exist is moot, but the Cock Inn is certainly not a boring place to live – alive or dead!

  2. knock it down,just an eyesore now,unviable as a pub and obviously not wanted as empty for 2 years,do you want to sink your money into it,no,neither does anyone else

  3. I think it should re open as a nice family pub with a play den we don’t need more houses here were over built as it is having live in Brock Close and all the new cramped houses built where the old sunlight laundry was. I know it’s an eyesore but with money invested it could be a gold mine and an advantage to the area

    • The problem with that idea is that it’s already been tried a couple of times over the last 10 years, and both ended in abject failure. While also increasing anti-social behavior in the area, especially on Friday and Saturday nights at closing time.

      Moreover there is little demand for pubs these days: look at the Rose and Crown on the High Street, and the Dingle at the bottom of Rubery Lane! Although there is a couple of pubs at Great Park.

      I would much prefer to see good quality houses built rather than another pub.

  4. It’s an eye sore and is attracting fly tipping at least if it was redeveloped local residents won’t have to put up with the anti social behaviour it has attracted in the past


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