THE site of a closed pub could be given a new lease of life.
Kirklees Council planning officers have received an application to build two homes on land behind the Spring Grove Tavern in Kirkburton.
But the future of the empty pub remains uncertain as the plans don’t include demolishing the building.
Peter Brook, of Upper Hopton, Mirfield, has applied for outline planning permission to build two family homes on the site of the Penistone Road pub.
The three-bedroom detached houses would be built on land behind the pub currently used as a garden.
Mr Brook states in his application: “Outline planning permission is sought for the erection of a residential development on the land located to the rear and within the curtilage of the Spring Grove Tavern.
“The visual impression will be to complement the adjacent properties. Materials and design will be led by the surrounding building environment.”
The homes would be built next to three existing houses and share access with them on to Storthes Hall Road.
But mystery surrounds plans for the now derelict pub.
Kirklees planning officer Sarah Longbottom said: “The application does include part of the land of the pub.
“It is for land behind it and won’t affect the building itself.
“The consultation period will end on May 3 and then the decision is likely to be delegated to officers, depending on how many objections we receive.”
The pub was managed by Punch Taverns until it was sold off in 2007.
It has remained closed since, but is believed to have been purchased by Mr Brook with the land.
Nancy Lock, who lives in one of the neighbouring houses, said: “The pub closed as soon as the smoking ban came in and has been empty since.
“As far as I know it was bought by Mr Brook who planned to turn the pub into flats and build some houses on the land.
“I don’t mind something being done with the pub and flats being built, but I would be worried about the access for houses.”