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Former pub that hosted EDL going up for auction


A former Black Country pub that was used for English Defence League meetings is going under the hammer.

The Rookery Tavern, in Wood Street, in the Lanesfield area of Wolverhampton, will feature at Bond Wolfe’s auction next week with a guide price of £299,000.

It closed in 2014 and is currently the subject of a planning application for demolition and the development of 24 new apartments.

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The application has not yet been decided but Wolverhampton Council has written a letter of support for the scheme.

It was formerly used as meetings for the far-right English Defence League (EDL). In 2014, a car was driven into a crowd outside of the pub.

After its closure, the pub was listed as an asset of community value. It has since become overgrown and attracted problems including fly-tipping.

The site includes a two-storey derelict building and plot of land which is half an acre in size.

Colin Totney, land and development surveyor at Bond Wolfe, said: “This site offers an ideal opportunity for a developer.

“It sits in the middle of a large residential area with local services including a popular and highly successful local primary school.

“Planning permission to redevelop the site for homes has already been secured since the pub closed nearly eight years ago, but this has now expired.

“The local authority clearly supports the new planning application and the general proposal to provide much needed new housing on the site.

“We are expecting highly competitive bidding for this property when it comes up for auction at our sale event.

“Our online auctions are attracting thousands of viewers and potential bidders from across the country and overseas and the former Rookery Tavern is just the sort of keenly-priced redevelopment opportunity many of them are looking for.”

The Rookery Tavern is one of the 211 lots listed in Bond Wolfe’s next auction, which starts at 9am on Thursday September 9.

The auction will be livestreamed via Bond Wolfe’s website with remote bidding by proxy, telephone or internet only, and bidders must pre-register no later than 12 noon on Wednesday, September 8.

For more information, visit www.bondwolfe.com/property-auctions-west-midlands/, email [email protected] or call 0121 312 1212 or 01902 928 510.

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