A HISTORIC building which was once the home of a renowned Uttoxeter pub could be turned into flats, the Post and Times can reveal.
The Wheatsheaf Inn, in Church Street, struggled for business in its later years and closed in 2005.
It has been uninhabited and boarded up ever since.
Several applications to turn the pub into housing have been rejected during the last decade but developer Angus MacKinnon is hoping to finally seal the deal.
Its proposal involves converting the grade two listed building, which is thought to have been built in the 17th century, into four one-bedroom apartments for rent.
The company will look to retain and restore many of the pub’s original features, including its timber beams and fire places.
The flats will contain a bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen and storage space and the building’s roof will be repaired.
One of the four flats will include car parking space.
An Angus MacKinnon spokesman said: “We really hope this facility serves the town well.
“The local housing market currently requires affordable developments of this type and hopefully we can help provide homes for people in town.”
A statement from Lime Architecture, which put together the design access statement for the proposal, reads: “The existing public house simply became unviable as a business despite numerous attempts for it to remain trading.
“It is considered that these works are a positive and needed step to ensure the building is retained and maintained into the future.
“Alterations forming refurbishment and repair works are essential to ensure the weather-tightness and longevity of the building.”
In 2005, Lockett Property Holdings won permission to destroy part of the building to create 30 apartments, 15 houses and five commercial units on the surrounding land.
Plans to remove the historic mill attached to the Wheatsheaf were thrown out for conservation reasons.
Planners suggested the pub would be refurbished and maintained as a pub or restaurant, but it closed later that year.
The Wheatsheaf had a famous football team, Wheatsheaf Athletic, which operated in the Uttoxeter and Burton Sunday leagues for decades.