CUSTOMERS of a popular historic pub have been given a first glance at its proposed exterior renovation.

Plans have now been approved to redecorate the Mulberry Tree Hotel in Stockton Heath by Warrington Borough Council’s planning department.

The application looks to redecorate the interior of the Grappenhall Road pub and replace existing equipment within the Grade-II listed building.

Documents submitted as part of the application have now revealed work which will be carried out to the pub’s exterior, including new signage.

Dated signs will be removed and replaced with new illuminated and non-illumined versions, while antique gold lanterns will also be installed.

Plans for new signage at the pub

Plans for new signage at the pub

Plans drawn up by applicant Greene King Pub Company state that the renovation is proposed in the hope of securing the pub’s economic viability.

The application seeks to replace 204-square metres of interior flooring in the main bar area with new tiling, carpeting and timber flooring.

The renovation would also include the installation of two new bar backs to replace existing fixtures and other minor decorative works.

Plans state: “The planned works will increase customer appeal of the pub and make good existing decorative fixtures, which are in a poor state of repair, thus ensuring the economic viability of the pub going into the future.”

None of the proposals involve alterations to the existing structure or the erection of new structures.

Plans for new signage at the pub

Plans for new signage at the pub

The materials used would be sympathetic to the site and complement the existing building, with cladding matching that existing to ensure that the new elements can ‘blend in seamlessly’.

All timber for new construction, joinery and joinery repairs will be obtained exclusively from certified sustainable sources, and artificial lighting internally will utilise energy efficient LED bulbs and fittings.

Documents add: “It is considered that these proposals will be to the benefit of the building.

“By making the interior of the building more appealing to users, it will ensure the economic viability of the pub going forward into the future.

“This is of particular importance in light of the frequent closures of local pubs and their disappearance as community assets in their own right.”