Developers have applied for permission to demolish an historic Rubery pub in favour of a large care home, claiming at least 60 jobs will be created.
Built in 1811, The Cock Inn in Rubery Lane is the oldest pub in Rubery. It has now been vacant for several years and was sadly subject to an arson attack in October last year.
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, were refused permission to develop the former coaching inn site as part of a 12 property housing development.
Developers resubmitted plans in January this year to address the council’s initial concerns regarding access onto the development and the fact that trees under a Tree Preservation Order would be affected.
However, developers withdrew this application before it went before the planning committee.
In October 2017, a severe fire destroyed the roof of the building after arsonists struck at the site.
Care home plans
Now, Malvern Homes Ltd have applied for outline permission to demolish the former public house and build a care home, housing around 68 beds over three floors in a modern building. A fourth lower floor will sit below, following the existing contour of the land, with a social space for residents opening into a garden area. The development would include a 23 space car park for visitors and staff.
Developers say that at least 60 staff would be employed in the building once it is fully operational.
‘Part of our heritage’
Cllr Simon Morrall (Cons, Frankley Great Park) said: “I am happy to finally see something done about this site. However, I would personally like to see the historic 1811 building restored as it’s part of our heritage and I know many residents feel the same.
“If feasible, I would like to see planners preserve and incorporate the building into the new development.”
Cllr Morrall urged residents to make sure their views were heard. He said: “Of course, the final decision is not up to me, and residents only have a short window to comment on the application, so I would strongly encourage people to do so.”
Have Your Say
The planning application and associated documents can be viewed online on Birmingham City Council’s Planning Online pages – Search application number 2018/03511/PA
Visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/planningonline > Click ‘Access Planning Online > Click Application Number Search > Enter 2018/03511/PA
Any comments must be submitted by 31st May 2018.