A FIRE-RAVAGED former Dudley pub could be turned into a shop and flats, if plans get the go-ahead.

An application to convert the former Metro Bar on Trindle Road in Dudley town centre into a shop on the ground floor and five one-bedroom apartments on the first and second floors has gone in to Dudley Council.

Notes to planners state that the scheme would "bring a vacant historic building back into use."

The building after a fire in 2021 The building after a fire in 2021 (Image: Dudley Fire Station)

They add: "The site was last used as public house but was severely damaged by a fire in 2021.

"The site occupies a relatively prominent position by virtue of its location on an elevated part of the town."

They go on to say the new Metro tram line will pass by the western boundary of the site with a new stop nearby.

A car park is proposed for the front of the building, with a garden area to the rear and eastern side.

Notes state: "The proposals have the potential to benefit the character of the Conservation Area by bringing a vacant historic building back into use.

"Alterations will be sympathetic to the building and the wide area.

"Consideration will be given to how the proposal relates to wider site context and redevelopment plans, namely the adjacent new Interchange, Metro Line, associated public realm enhancements and revised highways arrangements."

The application, in the St. Thomas's ward, will be considered by council planners.