A DEVELOPER wants to transform a former pub in Cradley Heath into shops.

Proposals have been submitted to convert the former Jay's Bar in Graingers Lane, which has been empty for years, into three retail units.

The plans, from Birmingham-based developer Abdul Ghafoor, have been welcomed by Cradley Heath councillor Julie Webb.

She said: "I'm glad it's being brought back into use - we need shops to attract people to the area.

"It's nice to see something new being brought in rather than the site going to decay.

"It would be good if one of the shops sold fresh fruit and vegetables as we're lacking that in the town.

"We have the new housing development in Woods Lane which will be finished hopefully by summer and will bring in hundreds of new residents who could be potential customers for these shops."

It is believed Jay's Bar closed in 2017.

Proposals, which were submitted to Sandwell Council last week, will be considered by Sandwell Council planners.