A NEWSOME pub could be set for a new lease of life.
The Wellington, at Newsome Road, could become a social care centre for people with learning difficulties.
A change of use application has now been submitted to Kirklees Council for the pub, which closed last month.
If approved, The Wellington – a pub since the 1930s – would become a day care centre for young adults and children with physical and/or learning difficulties.
The pub was bought by Active Social Care on March 30.
Applicant Mark Pogson said: “We are a locally-based care company with something in the order of 140 staff and 180 clients.
“The proposal is to convert the pub into a day centre for young adults and children with physical and learning disabilities.
“They are clients so they would visit the site by arrangement, it would not be run on a drop-in basis.”
The site would not be open to the general public.
The decision has been delegated to council officers.
The Wellington is the latest pub in Huddersfield to shut.
Research for the British Beer and Pub Association showed 52 public houses closing every week in Britain during last year – an increase of a third on the same period in the previous year.
Local pubs were shown to be the most vulnerable as communities are hit by the fallout of the economic downturn.
The Wellington closed, then re-opened but was then put up for sale.