A decision on the future of a closed Wiltshire pub earmarked for partial demolition has been delayed while a bat survey is undertaken.

Last November Wiltshire Council received a planning application to convert the vacant Sir Audley Arms pub, on Audley Road in Chippenham, into multiple new homes.

The plans, which have been backed by town councillors despite the “regrettable” loss of the venue, would see the old pub transformed into two four-bedroom homes and one two-bedroom home.

An additional four-bedroom home would be constructed alongside the development while the rear extension and outbuilding to the side would be demolished.

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The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Sir Audley Arms pub in ChippenhamThe Sir Audley Arms pub in Chippenham (Image: Newsquest)

But the deadline for a decision on the plans by Wiltshire Council has been extended until Friday, July 12, while applicants Cordage 20 Limited carry out a bat survey.

Cllr Nick Botterill, cabinet for development management said, “The applicant was required to undertake a bat survey and we are waiting for the results of this survey before we can consult with ecologists and determine the application.

“An extension has been agreed with the applicants to give them time to carry out the survey.”

Cordage 20 Limited says the pub is no longer a “viable business.”

Before the plans were submitted, the owners marketed the business for a period of nine months but received no substantial interest.