18:49 Friday 11 January 2013

Scaffolding could mark Swan's new start

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

SCAFFOLDING has been erected around a famous Burton landmark pub as work starts on roof repairs.

The Swan Inn, in Burton Bridge, closed in 2007 and has been empty ever since leading to the need for repairs and improvements.

It marks the possible approval of plans to turn the pub into nine one-bedroom apartments, along with a terrace of three homes and one detached home.

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 rear car park is accessed from the south side of Bearwood Hill Road.

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