A FORMER Burton landmark could be given a new lease of life more than five years after it closed.
The Swan Inn, in Burton Bridge, could be turned into nine one-bedroom apartments, along with a terrace of three homes and one detached home, if plans are given the go-ahead.
Tim Haywood, Dealmead Ltd, in Burton Road, Midway, has applied to East Staffordshire Borough Council for permission to convert the landmark building and build four more homes on the site – keeping its 17 car parking spaces.
The popular pub and hotel closed in 2007 after falling into decline and has been empty ever since. Its iconic Bass sign was soon taken down and it has become victim to vandalism and theft, with windows being broken, metal pipes and wiring being stripped and evidence of squatting.
Its car park to the rear of the building is accessed from the south side of Bearwood Hill Road.
A second access point is at the Swan junction but this would be closed to vehicles if plans are approved.
Planning approval for office use was granted two years ago, but never came to fruition due to the surplus of office accommodation within the town making this option unviable.
Anthony Rice, of Urban Designs acting as agent on behalf of the applicant, said: “We believe the redevelopment of the site will be of benefit to the local community.
“The building, which forms a prominent focal point in the town has deteriorated, and become an unsightly and unwelcoming to visitors of Burton.
“Returning the building to use will secure its future, and give an opportunity to revitalise an important landmark.”