Coronavirus collapses plans to transform Solihull farm into gastropub - The Solihull Observer

Coronavirus collapses plans to transform Solihull farm into gastropub

Solihull Editorial 4th Sep, 2020 Updated: 4th Sep, 2020   0

PLANS to transform a Grade-II listed Solihull farmhouse into a pub have collapsed due to the coronavirus downturn.

Tidbury Green Farm in Earlswood was set to become a destination pub following years of planning wrangles.

But after winning planning consent for what would have been Tidbury Green’s only pub, applicant Brunning and Price has pulled its proposals.

In a statement, the pub chain said: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce that we will not be completing the purchase of Tidbury Green Farm. We had hoped to turn this beautiful building into a member of our family of pubs and with the support of the local community we were finally granted planning permission earlier this year.

“Sadly, the cost of constructing the revised plans now becomes prohibitive in the current financial climate.

“This has been such a tough decision for us, but sadly, due to the financial impact of the last few months, even though we have invested considerable funds already into this project, we feel that it is the right decision to halt the process at this point

“We would like to thank the residents of Tidbury Green, some of whom have been so supportive and many have given us their warm welcome and unwavering support. We firmly believe that a pub in the heart of Tidbury Green would have been a positive addition to the community and wish the residents well for the future.”

The plans received strong support by villagers in Tidbury Green, but were rejected twice by Solihull borough planning department over heritage concerns.

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