THE BULLS HEAD: Plans to transform an old barn into restaurant area
One of Solihull’s most historic pubs has revealed plans to transform an old storage barn into a new restaurant area.
Designs for the renovated outbuilding at The Bulls Head, in Barston village, were submitted last month and posted online this week.
Pub bosses are hoping that they can convert the listed building, which lies behind the existing kitchen area.
Papers handed to the council as part of the proposal reveal that the barn standing today is “somewhat neglected and used for storage.”
It’s understood the red-brick structure originates from the era when the inn was a popular stop for travellers on a main route between Birmingham and Coventry.
With parts of the pub site dating to the 1600s and the buildings falling within the village’s conservation area, planners will have to be satisfied any changes are sympathetic.
The site forms part of a cluster of premises Grade II-listed by Historic England and, as such, is afforded extra protection when it comes to the planning process.
While two new doorways would be added to the building, in order to give access to the kitchen, the report said: “The works required to undertake the conversion are very modest indeed.”
The application will be considered by the council in due course.
Words: David Irwin, Local Democracy Reporter
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