A DUDLEY pub looks set for a massive makeover to create 13 new bedsits with a reduction in the bar area.

There has been a pub on the site of the  Court House, New Street, since 1860 and the premises is currently owned by Black Country Ales.

The brewery says the large trading area on the ground floor is no longer viable and a reduction in size is needed.

An application has been submitted to Dudley Council to reduce the size of the trading area and add manager’s accommodation on the ground floor.

The application also includes construction of 13 new bedsits with redevelopment of the upper floor and  the addition of laundry facilities in the cellar.

A statement to planners on behalf of the brewery says: “The proposal would keep the building in good order and the capital outlay would create a viable use of the building together with maintaining a good quality real ale public house.”