NEIGHBOURS have raised concerns about a plan to turn a former Oldswinford pub into a new restaurant.

A plan has been registered with Dudley Council to change the use of the former Retreat Bar and Bistro building in Hagley Road into a restaurant with takeaway service.

Work is already underway to convert and create a new roof terrace on the building, which is set to become a Grill-It eaterie offering healthy Mediterranean grilled food – according to documents on the council’s planning website.

Several residents living nearby have raised concerns about various aspects of the plan including fears over a loss of privacy and noise disturbances from the roof terrace and a lack of adequate parking for the facility.

Worries about cooking smells and the new-look dark appearance of the formerly neutral coloured building have also been highlighted.

No further details about the plan have been published but the Grill-it website describes the company as a family-owned restaurant chain, which operates two restaurants in the Wolverhampton area, based on a love for freshly sourced ingredients, healthy Mediterranean cuisine and home-made dishes and it promises an unrivalled customer experience.

As well as its chicken dishes, Gill-It serves up fresh stone basked pizzas and halloumi dishes.

The consultation period for the proposal runs until May 8, a council spokesman confirmed.