A FORMER restaurant which has been on the market for two years could become a private home.

Shaun and Tracey Hynes, who ran the Bridge Inn in Lower Street, St Asaph, say all efforts to sell the business have failed and so they are now seeking planning consent for change of use into a single dwelling.

The Bridge - formerly the Gamekeeper pub – was put up for sale with a guide price of £250,000 but the only serious enquiry was from someone who wanted to convert it into offices.

In a statement supporting the application the owners say that over the years the premises have ceased trading several times due to a lack of viability.

“It is believed that the location of the Bridge Inn is its biggest problem,” they say. “It sits on its own between, but away from, the more vibrant areas of the Roe and High Street where there are a number of such establishments close to each other, that feed off each other for a customer base as patrons move between them.”

Mr and Mrs Hynes say that converting the building into a dwelling will prevent it falling into disrepair.

The manager’s accommodation is currently on the lower-ground floor, which, with the River Elwy nearby, is a flood risk, so it is proposed to use that floor for garaging only, with the accommodation on the upper levels.