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Brownhills Bob on February 24, 2007

The former Warreners Arms pub, converted after closure (at no small cost) into a Macdonalds restaurant. Micky D's have removed all trace of their name very carefully. Rumours of conversion into flats came and went; we're left with yet another abandoned building.

TeeDee3 on April 3, 2008

Planning permission has been acheived for 64 apartments on this site.

You need to catch up with the times.

Brownhills Bob on April 3, 2008

Lets study the history, if you will. I'm in a position to keep an eye on planning matters and you may find the following helpful.

This photo was posted on the 24th February 2007 on the day it was taken. At that time, a somewhat aged board advertised the site as a developmental opportunity with 38 apartments - planning application 06/0766/FL/E3 08th May 2006 for such was refused. Therefore at that time the site was in a state of flux.

Five months after I posted this item, application 07/1535/FL/E11 was submitted on the 12th July 2007. This was for 58 (not 64) apartments.

It took the planning committee some time to look at this matter - recommending approval on the 9th October 2007 subject to obligations. Interestingly, the planning system at Walsall still records this application as 'no decision' - whether this is indeed the case or yet another bureaucratic cockup remains to be seen.

Why 58 flats is more suitable for this location than 38 is a mystery. Perhaps desperation was in the air, who knows?

This morning - that's the 3rd April 2008 - I walked past this very site and it's still boarded up, derelict and an eyesore - just as it has been in the subsequent 13 months since I posted about it.

The thing about catching up with the times is that, around these parts, they move so slowly there's very little chance of ever falling behind them.

If you or your friend Marknew123 would like to take this debate into plain sight, please be my guest.

warren pary on January 1, 2009

still no constructive action on the old Warreners site! the car park is almost completely overgrown now. i fear there will be nothing done here until we come out of the credit crunch. almost all of the social housing around it has either been demolished or due to be demolished (mainly maisonettes and flats). once the demolishion has taken place and the regeneration set in, then we could see some interest in this proud old building.

Brownhills Bob on January 1, 2009

Since I was told to catch up with the times 8 months ago, precisely nothing has happened to the site. If you check out the planning permission for this building, it'll be pretty much decimated by the planned development, so I shouldn't get too attached to it... to be honest, I have no great love of the building, I just wish something could be done for it.

As to regeneration, must everything be demolished before we start? The town is looking even more like a wasteland that it did previously... I realise we're all waiting for Tesco to come and save our backsides, but surely there must be other avenues available?

It's good to see the development for the sheltered accomodation starting at Anchor Bridge, but unless we get some councillors who don't have 'property of Tesco' stamped on their foreheads' I fear it'll just be same-old same-old. I see building going on in Pleck less than 12 months after the demolition of their monstrosities; over four years here and pretty much nothing to show...

Joshpw94 on April 15, 2010

I believe this is the pub my grandad had the bar out of when it was shutting, if it is the one he has half of it set up in his living room and the other half in his garage. It took him slot of work to clean it up.

Joshpw94 on April 15, 2010

Oops I put "slot of work" meant to be alot.

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