Revised plans lodged for redevelopment of £15m venue

Pub and hotel chain, Wetherspoons has submitted a revised planning application to add a new storey and a further 25 hotel rooms to The Moon Under Water pub in the city centre.

The City of Wolverhampton Council granted approval in September for its £15m redevelopment, which includes a heritage centre in the basement, a 71-bedroom hotel on the first to third floors and various alterations.

The revised proposal plans aim to extend the development with 21 rooms on a newly built fourth storey and an additional four rooms on an extension over an existing flat roof.

The current 40,000 sq ft space above the pub, with its Art Deco frontage, has been empty for more than 33 years after being home to the old Co-op store.

City of Wolverhampton Council Leader, Councillor Stephen Simkins, said: “This revised planning application from Wetherspoon to develop additional hotel rooms on top of its already extensive original proposal demonstrates great confidence in our city and will breathe new life into an empty space at the heart of the city centre.

“It is an exciting proposition that will boost our hotel offer and provide jobs for local people. The council’s city centre transformation works are creating better public spaces that will attract more visitors and enable businesses to thrive and grow through a blended approach of retail supported by events and activities in quality public spaces and city centre living.

“The works on Victoria Street and North Street are demonstrating this, especially since the reopening of The Halls Wolverhampton – and we welcome this redevelopment from one of the biggest chains in the hospitality sector.”