A proposal to turn a former Wednesbury pub into classrooms has been deferred for a second time.

An application to change the The Forge, on Franchise Street, into an Islamic tuition centre for children and adults had been expected to be decided this week.

Developers have said there are no plans to convert the building into a mosque.

But planning officers have told members of Sandwell’s planning committee the application has been put back to next month to allow more information to be gathered.

Residents have objected to the application and councillors have visited the site to meet with local people and the developers.

The Forge on Franchise Street, Wednesbury
The Forge on Franchise Street, Wednesbury
 

A previous application to convert the ground floor into a tuition centre was withdrawn in September last year.

The applicant has said the centre would be used for children under the age of 16 and for adults in the local community and emphasised it would not be used as  a place of worship.

A decision on the proposal is now expected to be taken on April 10.