PLANS to regenerate a “tired-looking” watering hole have been given the green light.

In June, Greene King, which operates the Dog and Pheasant, launched a bid to revamp the pub.

Colchester Council wrote to pub bosses this week to approve the proposals, which include the installation of a new outdoor pergola and timber entrance arch.

Greene King said it plans to refurbish the pub inside and out at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

A spokesman added: “This is a six-figure investment and we look forward to continuing to welcome the people of Colchester into a great community pub.”

Planning bosses told the pub it must ensure suitable cycle parking is provided after the refurb, following calls from the Colchester Cycling Campaign.

Myland Community Council also wrote to planning officers in support of the plans.

Will the Dog and Pheasant still be a Hungry Horse pub?

The pub, in Nayland Road, Mile End, Colchester, currently operates under the Hungry Horse brand but its impending redesign could hint towards a rebrand.

Planning documents reveal elements of the new design are similar to what can be found at its sister pub The Kings Arms, in Crouch Street, which runs under the more premium Greene King label.

Gazette: Sister pub - the Kings Arms, in Crouch Street, ColchesterSister pub - the Kings Arms, in Crouch Street, Colchester

What do pubgoers say?

The renewal and significant investment come after a petition seeking a better pub for the growing area of the city garnered more than 900 signatures.

Jennifer Griggs launched the petition last year and was delighted Greene King had taken note.

The mum-of-two told the Gazette she would not be deterred from using the pub if a shift away from its current branding pushes up prices.

Plenty of patrons from Mile End and further afield previously welcomed the news the boozer giant planned to overhaul the pub.

Samantha Warne wrote: “I loved this pub when I was in the area. Food is a great price, especially if you have children.

“Love the pub garden but was a little tired so pleased they’ve got a refurb.”

Barbara Lennon added: “I live near this pub and it’s always busy so I believe it would be a great investment. The staff are lovely but it definitely needs doing up.”