A GRADE II listed building in Chaddesley Corbett is set to be reopened as a pub after plans to reduce the size of its car park were approved.

At a planning meeting on Tuesday night, Wyre Forest District Council committee members voted in support of plans to build an orangery within the former Talbot Inn pub and carry out improvement works to bring the 17th century building back into use.

Members initially refused the plans in June after local residents and the parish council raised concerns that reducing the number of parking spaces from 75 to 45 would lead to congestion from customers parking on the high street.

But an assessment from PJA planning consultants found the site could only accommodate a maximum of 49 car parking spaces - meaning the application proposed a reduction of only four.

The applicant has also since agreed to let local businesses use the car park when the pub is not busy.

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Fran Oborski said: "The Highways authority has carried out a robust assessment, including parking demand, and has concluded the application is not in contrast to its guidelines.

"Therefore, there is no justifiable grounds to refuse this application. I wouldn't fancy our chances at appeal."

Cllr Chris Rogers added: "This now has the backing of the parish council, which adds to the weight of the planning application.

"The building is a prominent part of Chaddesley Corbett and to see it regenerated is a great welcome to the village."

Last year, the application's planning agent Mike Harris said the plans would reopen a village pub and create up to 20 new jobs.