Pub chain giant submits application to revamp historic Kings Norton pub


JD Wetherspoon has submitted plans for an historic Kings Norton pub to Birmingham City Council’s planning department. 

The pub chain giant bought the vacant public house in September for £1.2 million.

The plans

The plans to revamp the pub – which appear to retain its name, The Navigation – show a reduction to the front car park, making way for a beer garden.  There would also be a small link extension between the main building and the stable block.

With mens and ladies toilet facilities upstairs, the majority of the ground floor (5,700 square metres) will be a customer area.

Proposed opening hours

In line with Wetherspoons provision of catering throughout the day, the proposed opening hours for the pub are:

  • Sunday to Wednesday: 07.00am – 00.30am
  • Thursday to Saturday – 07.00am – 01.30am

There would also be an extra hour of opening added to specific days throughout the year, these being: Maundy Thursday, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, Sundays before bank holidays and the Sunday morning that British Summertime begins.


Speaking after confirming the purchase last month, a spokesperson for JD Wetherspoon said: “If planning permission is granted, Wetherspoon would aim to start development work in January, with the pub opening July 2020.”

Recent History

The future of the historic pub was plunged into uncertainty when owners Greene King sold the 19th century building in January 2018

Bought by a private buyer, a planning application was submitted to Birmingham City Council to convert the original building into apartments as part of a housing development on the site.

However, the planning application was subsequently withdrawn and the building placed back on the market and subsequently bought by Wetherspoon.

Have Your Say

The plans can be viewed in full on Birmingham City Council’s planning online web page, search Application Number 2019/08715/PA. Comments are welcome until 27th December 2019.


  1. Great news, wish they could do that to the place that used to be the George pub on the Bristol rd towards longbridge, that would make a fantastic family pub


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