LAST orders are set to be announced at a Hereford pub.

The Nell Gwynne is due to close on September 7 after the owners declared the backstreet bar was no longer financially viable.

The pub on Monkmoor Street could now be turned into flats.

Developers Perfection Home want to build 15 apartments on the site and a planning application also includes offices as part of the proposed project.

"It will present a unique opportunity to create both much needed low cost living accommodation within the city, whilst also creating a residential development of considerable quality and design merit within this prominent corner site," according to a submitted design and access statement.

The pub is owned by Herefordshire Pubs Ltd. Spokesman Billy Reynolds said that the plan has his backing.

"We tried to keep it as a pub, but it was not financially viable," said Mr Reynolds.

"It will close on September 7 because we cannot keep it going and are losing money there.

"Perfection Homes contacted me about the plans and I was happy to look at it."

The pub will become the latest watering hole to close its doors in the city.

The Cotterell Arms, run by Noel and Jill Kirby for 25 years, shut in April, while the Buckingham Inn on Whitecross Road is set to be turned into a Tesco Express.

The Saracen's Head also closed recently while Watercress Harrys is up for sale.

Charter surveyors Sidney Phillips is asking for offers in the region of £425,000 for the latter's freehold, which comes with a flat and a separate two-bed cottage.

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