A 170-YEAR-OLD pub is once again under pressure after plans were unveiled to demolish it and build houses.

The Jubilee Inn on Milnrow Road, Shaw, could be replaced with five houses after planning firm Wiplow Ltd put forward an application.

It is not the first time the building has been under-pressure after plans were put forward in 2016 to turn the site into four semi-detached houses and a row of four terrace homes.

There was also a movement to have the pub confirmed as a historic landmark and protected under listed building status by Historic England, but the application was turned down.

The latest plans would see new homes built within the area of the previous site, with the developers pointing to government housebuilding targets as part of their justification.

The plan states: “The application seeks the grant of planning permission for the demolition of the former public house and construction of five houses.

“The proposed houses would be constructed within the curtilage of the existing former public house site with 3No. town houses on the footprint of the former pub and two detached houses within the car parking area.”

Part of the building is within the green belt, although the council’s Local Plan lists the site as a brownfield site containing existing buildings and hardstanding.

However, the company behind the application has pointed to the fact that the land was previously developed as a justification to construct on the green belt.

In their design statement, Wiplow explained that the development proposal “would assist in urban regeneration by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land”, meaning it would not be considered inappropriate use of the green belt.

When the initial attempts to demolish the pub were put forward in 2016, applications were made to Historic England to have the building listed.

However, the organisation replied saying the building, constructed in the 1840s, “does not survive in its entirety owing to the 20th century alteration and extension”.

They added: “Its intrinsic architectural interest is therefore limited, and now stems principally from the façade as the only unaltered element of the building.

“Although this distinguishes the Jubilee Inn as a distinctive and attractive building locally, it is considered the building has been devalued in overall terms by alteration and addition to the extent that its architectural interest cannot be considered special.

“Furthermore, its historic interest exists in the local context only, and there is no building with which it shares a collective value.”

It is not clear whether further applications have been put to Historic England.