An Ampthill pub is awaiting planning permission for its plans to re-open as a refurbished and rejuvenated town centre venue.
The White Horse in Dunstable Street has been empty for over a year, but owners have submitted plans for internal refurbishment and a new balcony.
They have also promised that new jobs would be created by the re-opened venue.
A spokesman for Punch Taverns said: “We are delighted to have entered into a legal agreement with Oakman Inns and are now progressing with our large-scale joint investment. We have been granted listed building consent, and are now awaiting the relevant planning permissions.
“Once these are achieved we can begin to plan to start work on site.”
A spokesman for Oakman Inns added: “We are delighted to work together with Punch Taverns to refurbish the White Hart. We hope to start work soon and look forward to welcoming customers and providing jobs for the local community.”
A spokesman for Central Beds Council said: “Planning applications are currently going through the statutory consultation process. The first, relating to a new external balcony to the first-floor dining room, will be decided by October 1, with the application for listed buildings consent to construct a new balcony and for internal refurbishment works to be decided by October 3.”