A DILAPIDATED former pub in Brierley Hill could be transformed into five new flats if plans are given the green light.

The former Plough Inn, which sits within the Brierley Hill High Street Conservation Area on Church Street, has sat dormant since 2010 and is in a derelict condition.

A plan has been submitted to Dudley Council to convert the building, which is locally listed, into five flats with a loft conversion and to completely renovate the building along with adding a rear extension.

The building is in a "very poor condition" with a survey in March revealing the existing timber roof structure, brick chimneys and masonry gables had partially collapsed into the building, planning documents state.

A Design and Access statement outlines how the applicant wishes to re-roof the building, replace the collapsed chimneys and to convert the existing rear yard into a shared amenity space.

The front of the building will be unchanged as the 'The Plough Inn' signage will be repaired and retained along with architectural detail to the window surrounds and the bay window roof, if the plan is accepted.

Planning documents state: "The proposal will enhance the character of the conservation area by repairing and bringing back into use a locally listed building. The proposed use will facilitate the repair and preservation of this existing building."

Earlier planning applications saw change of use to flats granted in 2014 followed by approval for conversion to a house of multiple occupancy in 2018, according to planning notes.

Comments can be made on the application on the Dudley Council planning portal, with the reference number P20/0702.