A PUB in Risinghurst could reopen this summer if plans to convert part of it into flats are given the go ahead.

The Ampleforth Arms, in Collinwood Road, has been closed since June 2015 after owner Punch Taverns put it on the market for sale.

But ever since, residents have rallied together and formed a community company to try to lease the pub - which could become a reality if plans are passed by Oxford City Council.

The proposals put forward on the site, which was which was frequented by Narnia author CS Lewis, would see three two-bed flats and three, three-bed apartments be built over three floors.

They also include a three-bedroom detached house alongside the refurbished pub.

And it is hoped after more than 18 months of campaign, resident-run company, Amp Community Pub Ltd, can lease and restore the ale house to its former glory.

Chairwoman of the business, Lyn Simms said the committee were currently negotiating a lease deal with Punch Taverns and added shares for a stake in the pub were still on offer for interested parties.

The Risinghurst resident of more than 30 years said: “We are still taking pledges. It’s really upbeat at the moment. The pub is a good size. It’s equal to the Mason Arms and The Chequers Inn in Quarry and we hope to lease it as a community pub.

“It’s a the better option and it’s more affordable. It’s probably in keeping with pubs in this day and age. There will also be a cafe.”

The pub originally opened in 1939 and according to CS Lewis expert Ronald Brind it was frequented by the Narnia author and fellow writer JRR Tolkien as well.

The plans will be decided by city councillors in the coming weeks.

A Punch spokeswoman said: “We hope to be successful with our planning application and will continue to work closely with all involved.”