A fire-ravaged derelict eyesore pub has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour and should be pulled down before it collapses, it has been claimed.

The former Hare and Hounds pub in Kingstanding Road has been rotting since a major fire in May 2016 and there are fears it is structurally unsound.

But plans to demolish the pub, which was originally called the Pudding and Pint, and build houses faltered after developer Keepmoat Regeneration was blocked from buying a crucial piece of council-owned land needed for an access road.

Keepmoat has confirmed it is drawing up fresh plans for the site - now likely to include an access route from the main Kingstanding Road dual carriageway.

The fire at the former Pudding and Pint pub in Kingstanding.
The fire at the former Pudding and Pint pub in Kingstanding.

But councillor Keith Linnecor (Lab, Oscott) is urging the company to demolish the pub which he describes as a ‘complete and utter eyesore’ sooner rather than later.

He said: “At the very least, we need to have some measures put in place to make this obscene-looking building look a bit more presentable or if not, demolished,” he said.

His colleague Barbara Dring added that it is a safety issue. “The building is just standing there – there’s no roof on it, whatever you put on it, it’s going to attract antisocial behaviour.”

The pub was wrecked in a devastating fire during the midst of a planning wrangle.

Keepmoat Regeneration was initially refused planning permission for 34 homes by the council but overturned that decision on appeal. That plan involved the creation of a main access road through the Rushden Croft sheltered housing scheme behind the pub, but the council has refused to sell land needed to create the road.

Councillor Barbara Dring suggested highlighting poor hygiene in kitchens across Birmingham is wrong - despite it being part of her job.
Councillor Barbara Dring

A spokeswoman for Keepmoat Regeneration said: “We were originally due to begin work on the site to demolish the former public house and create new affordable homes in Autumn 2016, after being granted planning permission by appeal.

“However, the development required access via a section of council-owned land, which we were unfortunately unable to secure.

“We remain committed to delivering these much-needed new homes for Birmingham, and are currently working on an alternative proposal in order to progress the transformation of the site as quickly as possible.

“As part of this process, we will be consulting with local residents, councillors and the City Council to ensure that the proposed development meets the needs of all stakeholders.”