A LARGE pub site in Heaton could be converted into shops, houses and flats if a new planning application is approved.

The Hare and Hounds on Toller Lane shut just under a year ago, and the site is currently empty.

Now a planning application has been submitted to Bradford Council to turn the pub into three shops with flats above.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An artist's impression of the siteAn artist's impression of the site (Image: Dawett Enterprise LTD)

The proposals, submitted by Dawett Enterprise Ltd, would also see four, four-bedroom townhouses built on the pub’s car park.

The application says the development will “rejuvenate” the Toller Lane area and become a “landmark". 

A long-standing pub in the Heaton area, the Hare and Hounds was popular for its food as well as its drinks.

But after closing last September the site has remained empty, with questions raised about whether the landmark building would ever re-open as a pub.

The new application recently submitted to Bradford Council shows that an extension would be built to the rear and side of the building.

The ground floor of the former pub will be split into three shop units – with one being a 4,225 sq ft convenience store.

The application does not include any details of which businesses would be moving into the units.

The space above the shops will be developed as two one-bed flats and a three-bed flat.

The four townhouses will be built on car park space to the southeast of the pub site.

The planning application says: “The location of the application site is in Toller Lane, northwest Bradford which is a safe and comfortable place for users.

“The proposal has the opportunity to become a building that makes a positive contribution to the area by enhancing the existing streetscape through the use of high-quality materials and appropriate design.

“There is an opportunity to enhance the street scene from Toller Lane by designing a scheme that includes ground floor retail units for locals and neighbouring properties as well as residential apartments and houses.

“The proposal seeks to rejuvenate the Toller Lane area through its design, to protect and enhance the heritage value and add distinctive character."

It's hoped it will become a "new landmark for the local community, but also a desirable and enjoyable place to live". 

A decision on the application is expected early next month.