PLANS have been submitted to demolish a historic pub in Wallasey Village, with plush new homes to be built in its place.

The Ship Inn, which was built and opened in the early 19th Century, will become three-storey town houses complete with three bedrooms, courtyards and roof terraces.

The pub on Breck Road, shut down for a short while at the end of last decade while new management was sought, with the venue having closed for good around Christmas 2017.

Ward member for Liscard, Cllr Janette Williamson, said it was a shame to see a pub go, but that she “always welcomes new housing”.

She said she intends to take the decision out of delegation so the planning committee can consider the application, adding: “I encourage any residents to come forward and share any concerns or views about the new development.”

The design and access statement submitted alongside the application, on behalf of Manchester-based Goodwin Construction Group, said: “The site is within 10 minutes walking distance of shops, public transport links and primary and secondary schools, which makes the location ideal for young families.

“[The development] is also ideally located for commuters working in Liverpool, with bus, train and ferry links to the City.”

It said there would be “restricted parking numbers” to promote more sustainable modes of transport like walking, trains and buses.

A previous application in September 2017 had proposed a single home be built in place of the pub.

The most up to date application was submitted to the council on February 25.

It added: “Due to the steeply sloping nature of the site, to minimise excavations and to work with the gradient of the site, each floor of the proposed dwellings is split along a centre line, so that the rear of the properties is half a storey higher than the front. As such, the proposed dwellings are of three storeys.”