Plans for bed and breakfast and new homes at former Ilkeston pub site
Plans to downsize a former Ilkeston pub, expand it with B&B services and build homes in its grounds have been approved.
The Bulls Head in Little Hallam Hill is now formally closed and has been sold off by its owners Greene King.
This month, Erewash Borough Council approved plans from William May Developments Ltd, which will reopen the pub.
The pub itself will be reduced in size by demolishing several extensions and this part of the business will run as a micropub with food offered throughout the day.
It will gain new extensions, which will see the business branch out into a bed and breakfast with ten rooms on offer, though one will likely be occupied by management.
Five two-bed homes will also be built to the rear of the former pub.
The planned homes are being built to pay for the refurbishment and renovation of the pub building itself, believed to have been built or been the site of a pub since the 17th century.
Erewash councillors welcomed the plans, especially the retention of the pub building and that a business would still be running from the site.
Residents and the developer’s agent confirmed that the site has recently been a target for arsonists.
Paul Gaughan, agent for the applicants, said: “The Bull’s Head public house, in the past, had been a successful community public house that not only enjoyed a sustainable wet trade, it also catered for patrons wishing to dine out.
“Over the last number of years the previous owners of the building have let the premises to several smaller pub management companies who allowed the building and business to run down to a point where the Bull’s Head, in its present form, was no longer sustainable.
“As a result the premises licence was surrendered and the building sold off.
“It is imperative that this scheme is approved as soon as possible, as the building has been subject to vandalism and, latterly, an arson attack.
“This proposal will allow the reintroduction of a much-loved community asset, sustainably designed for the future.”