A HEREFORDSHIRE pub which shut down last year could soon get a revamp and be reopened.

Plans have been unveiled for the Crown Inn at Lea, near Ross-on-Wye, which could see it brought back into use as a pub with restaurant and guest bedrooms to create a viable business.

Consultants working on the scheme said this will include the removal of the modern additions within the existing building such as the kitchen and extraction unit, the toilet block and managers' accommodation to a new building to the rear.


The plans have been unveiled as applicants MG and RA Savidge, of the Crown Inn, applied for planning permission and listed building consent from Herefordshire Council.

Consultants said this will allow some of the original features previously covered, to be exposed and renovated, together with the renovation of the building as a whole to ensure its future.

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The simple two-storey building is proposed, informed by pre-application advice, and it will be linked to the existing one with a single-storey link under a flat roof with glazing to front and rear.

The grade II-listed building dates back to the 15th century, with later additions in the 17th century when it became an inn.


Further additions were added in the 18th and 19th centuries to the rear and in the 20th century, porches and a toilet block were added.

The proposal is that the access and car park arrangement will be retained as existing.

"The proposals are intended to bring the building back into use as the village pub with a restaurant and guest bedrooms to create a viable business which will financially secure its future and ensure its ongoing maintenance," they said.

Herefordshire Council will decide the bid's fate, comments on planning application number 230354 are open until April 20, with April 25 set as the target date for a decision.