Hall & Woodhouse has been criticised by residents of a Dorset town for selling off the only pub in their town for redevelopment.
The closure of the Greenridge has left Upton's residents without a pub. Some are unhappy with the Dorset-based brewer and pub operator's moves to turn the site into a health-care unit with commercial space below.
The Greenridge is fenced off and is on the market with local agent Goadsby. A local council spokesman confirmed Hall & Woodhouse had approached the building department to discuss alternative use, but no formal plans had been lodged.
Simon Thomson, chairman of the Upton Community Association, said: "Feelings for the Greenridge in Upton are running strong and I feel Hall & Woodhouse should not ignore the voice of a large number of people.
"This is our town — and we will not stand by and watch it be built over."
Hall & Woodhouse said the pub was closed due to lack of local support and the effects of the smoking ban.