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Controversial scheme to convert pub near Lichfield is rejected by planners

A controversial plan to convert a pub near Lichfield into a residential property has been rejected.

The Black Horse Inn. Pic: Mick Malpass

The Black Horse Inn. Pic: Mick Malpass and
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The Black Horse Inn in Edingale has been closed since 2012 and the owner was seeking retrospective planning permission for the changes.

But Lichfield District Council planners have now rejected the scheme.

A statement to the local authority in support of the conversion said the building was not viable as a pub.

“The Black Horse had an unsustainable recent history,” the statement explained. “In the last 20 years the business had at least six landlords, none of whom was able to forge a viable future.

“The feedback received from current owners and landlords in the industry was that the business was not attractive due to poor location and lack of trade.”

However, the building has also been listed as an Asset of Community Value by Lichfield District Council following an application by Edingale Parish Council.

This means that if the building were to be offered for sale, groups would have a maximum of six months to prepare a bid to buy it.

Full details of the planning application can be seen on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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  1. Jozef Nakielski

    1st October, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Wish I had the money, I’d turn it around.

  2. Cynic

    1st October, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    “I’d turn it around” Offer your time for free with a percentage of the profits and you pay the losses . How can they loose and you are sure of winning?

    Is business turnaround one of your many skills ?