Four Vacant Midlands Pubs To Be Converted To Housing

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Nationwide, over 50 pubs will be changed into living accommodation without the need for planning permission.

Over 50 vacant pubs across the country are to be turned into housing. 

The long-closed public houses are to be converted as part of a scheme aimed at boosting housing and reducing the number of vacant properties, according to the Irish Times.  

Three pubs in Offaly are to be converted, and one in Westmeath.

The pubs which span 24 local authority areas can be changed into living accommodation without planning permission under the scheme which targeted vacant and 'above the shop' dwellings. 

President-Elect of the VFI and owner of Giltrap's Pub in Kinnity, John Clendennen, says the scheme isn't trying to incentivise bars to close down:

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