An historic Birmingham pub again faces a battle against bulldozers after the Co-op submitted new plans for a supermarket on the site.
Its the second time in a year that the chain has put forward proposals to demolish the Navigation pub, in Kings Norton.
An earlier blueprint for the Wharf Road site was withdrawn after it became clear that the city councils planning committee was unlikely to approve it.
But now fresh plans have been submitted by Midlands Co-op and pub regulars have revived their campaign to save the bar from demolition.
They have enlisted the support of the Campaign For Real Ale, which fights the corner for historic pubs, and are trying to get heritage listing protection for the bar and a stables and hayloft at the back. They concede its going to be a very long process.
Coun Val Seabright (Lab, Kings Norton), who is backing the campaign, said: “The previous plan was set to be rejected because of its impact on neighbours and the buildings contribution to the historic character of the area. There were also question marks over the traffic.
“As far as I can see, there is little difference between the two plans so those would still apply.”
The Navigation, which was built in the 19th century and later extended, enjoyed a busy bank holiday, Coun Seabright said.
She added a supermarket is not needed as there are others nearby. It would have a detrimental effect on smaller, independent local shops.
And it could worsen traffic problems at the nearby roundabout, particularly at busy school-run times.
The pub has endured a difficult few years with changes in landlords and owner Spirit Group says it has a commitment to sell to Midlands Co-op should planning permission be approved.
Midlands Co-op announced in December, after withdrawing the previous planning application, that it would come back with a revised scheme.
It has also carried out a heritage assessment, which concluded the pub has no impact on the Kings Norton Conservation Area, and modified the design of the store.
Now campaigners will be gathering a petition opposing demolition at the Kings Norton Farmers Market on Saturday, June 9.
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