PLANS have been submitted to bring back into use a closed and derelict pub which sits on a busy gateway to the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Witherspoons Property Holdings Ltd has applied to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to refurbish the Grade II-listed Hope and Anchor at Cellarhead.
The application comes just three weeks after Ascent Housing, a joint venture between the council and Your Housing, tabled plans to build 28 new affordable dwellings on the rear car park of The Hope and Anchor.
The latest application focuses on the complete refurbishment of the main building, which includes the roof, walls, windows, doors guttering and decoration.
A design and access statement by Kim Mountford of Hewitt & Carr Architects said: “The Hope and Anchor pub is a large public house dating to 18th century with a Staffordshire tile roof, with painted rendered brickwork. When it closed, it was left to decay into its current state.
“The proposal looks to utilise the ground floor to reinstate the derelict property as a public house which would mean the building would be brought back into use as a much needed meeting place.
“Externally there are very few changes being proposed.” Meanwhile planners are studying the application to erect the new homes on the large pub car park.
Vehicular access to the site is presently provided at two points, one off the A52 Kingsley Road and one off Leek Road, both of which will be retained and upgraded for the propose design scheme.