Plans to convert empty pub into residential properties

The Oddfellows Arms, Alnwick
The Oddfellows Arms, Alnwick

Plans have been drawn up to convert a former town centre pub into residential properties.

Alnwick Developments Ltd is behind the scheme for the empty Oddfellows Arms, on Narrowgate, which has been closed for more than a year.

The aim is to create four executive apartments, which would be a mixture of one and two-bedrooms.

The intention is also to develop two cottage-style properties to the rear, surrounded by an original stone-walled garden.

Both parts of the scheme are being drawn up for outline approval and the application will need to be agreed by Northumberland County Council before it can go ahead.

A spokesman for Alnwick Developments Ltd, which acquired the building last summer from Punch Taverns, said: “We want to tidy up this run-down, empty property. We have done some market research and believe that it is just not viable as a pub.

“We think the scheme would tie in nicely with Old Narrowgate House, which is two doors down and has plans for three houses, flats and a crêperie, as well as recent discussions by the town and county council to possibly make part of Narrowgate more pedestrian-friendly.”

Oddfellows Arms, known locally as Oddies, closed in February last year, after the previous landlord had tried various events to try to pull punters through the doors.