Pubs revamp and hotel plans lodged with council

Plans for a £7m makeover of a popular Wolverhampton pub complete with a new 70-bedroom hotel above it have been submitted.

The 40,000 sq ft space above The Moon Under Water pub on Lichfield Street, with its art deco frontage, has been empty for more than 30 years.

It was previously home for the old Co-op store, which opened in 1931, and sits opposite the Grand Theatre.

If the plans are approved, the development could generate up to 50 jobs.

The news follows the Grand Theatre’s recent announcement of plans to expand into the former post office next door to build a pop-up theatre and the council’s proposal to pedestrianise part of Lichfield Street.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We have great plans for the popular The Moon under Water pub in Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton.

“Subject to planning permission we aim to invest £7m on the new pub, to extend it and also to build a hotel above it. It would also create many new jobs.

“We believe this will be great for the pub, its customers and just as importantly the city itself.

“We are also confident that it would act as a catalyst for other businesses to invest in Wolverhampton.”

Cllr John Reynolds, cabinet member for city economy, added: “This planning application from Wetherspoon is very welcome and, subject to approval, will breathe new life into this building.

“There is currently £1bn investment in the city centre and this exciting scheme is another example of the growing in confidence in our city.”

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