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NEW RESTAURANT PLANNED FOR BIRCHLEY ISLAND, M5 JUNCTION 2

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has submitted a planning application to create a landmark new restaurant on Birchley Island at Junction 2 of the M5.

The new restaurant will be part of the family pub and restaurant chain Farmhouse Inns, which is owned and managed by leading pub retailer and brewer Greene King, and will accommodate up to 298 customers internally.

If granted planning permission by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, the family-friendly Farmhouse Inn will meet the needs of local people and those travelling past the site, which is bounded by the Wolverhampton Road and a slip road onto the M5 motorway.

Ian Romano, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “A new restaurant will be a great addition to the current offer at Birchley Island, and will cater for motorists, shoppers and workers in the area.”

The 13,811 sq ft restaurant will have two entrances to accommodate those visiting to dine and those using only the bar. The building will have a central patio for outdoor dining, which will be enclosed by a landscaped area with high shrubs, separating it from the car park. Further landscaping will enhance the appearance in this high-profile location.

Richard Lewis, managing director for Farmhouse Inns, said: “We are excited to be bringing forward plans for a family-friendly Farmhouse Inn on Birchley Island. Usually popular with business users and families, Farmhouse Inns are good value restaurants known for daily carveries, home-made cakes, cask ales and children’s activity play areas.

“As well as creating new local jobs, the restaurant would provide customers with a greater choice of where to dine, so we hope that these plans will be warmly welcomed by the community.”

Stretching from Dundee to Dorset, Farmhouse Inns has more than 30 restaurants nationwide.

Should consent be granted, work on this new restaurant will start in 2016.