The developer has won planning permission to convert the former Tatton Arms pub in Manchester, which has stood empty for more than a decade, into 28 apartments.
Britannia Group submitted a detailed application last December to restore and convert the former public house into a residential scheme, and Manchester City Council finally approved the plans at its first virtual committee meeting last week.
The developer originally lodged an application in 2016 that would have seen the demolition and redevelopment of the dilapidated 19th century pub into nine apartments that also retained the building’s historic exterior.
The application also proposed building 14 houses on the site around the pub, and a riverside café.
However, the plans were refused on the grounds that the scheme would harm the Green Belt and negatively impact the character of the Northenden Conservation Area. Britannia appealed the decision, but the scheme was again dismissed.
The inspector concluded that the pub could be restored with less development and less impact on the Green Belt.
Under the revised plans, designed by OMI Architects, Britannia will undertake a simpler conversion with no extensions, housing seven apartments, together with a new-build block of 21 apartments in grounds to the rear of the building.
The existing ad hoc modern extensions will be demolished to make way for the new scheme, and existing landscape will be retained as part of a dedicated woodland habitat.
P4 Planning was the planning consultant on the scheme, while We Are Urban Green delivered landscape architecture, ecology and arboriculture services.
Ibrahim Jamil, director of the Britannia Group, said: “We have worked…to put forward proposals that took on board stakeholder comments, while still being able to deliver a commercially viable scheme.
“It has been a challenging process, but we are now looking forward to being able to make a start on site and delivering the restoration of the much-loved Tatton Arms.”
Bill Davidson, director of P4 Planning, added: “This is a welcome decision that will enable the restoration of an important and prominent non-designated heritage asset…that will make a positive contribution to the character of the Northenden Conservation Area.”
And OMI Architects’ director Andy James added: “‘It has been a collaborative effort working with the city council and local community to deliver a very special project that will breathe new life into this building.”