Former snooker club could become social housing
A FORMER snooker club could be extended to provide social housing if plans are given the go ahead today (THUR).
The council’s planning committee will meet at 2pm at Bolton Town Hall, where it is recommended to approve proposals to transform the empty Rileys Snooker Club in Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge.
The outline application includes removing the roof and building a first floor and partial second floor for possible use as housing.
A report to the committee said social landlord Bolton at Home had expressed interest in using it for social housing.
The plans have been submitted by AGK Investments Ltd, which includes the owners of Bolton’s Spice Valley chain.
The club closed in November 2012 with the loss of six jobs but now could become home to a number of businesses, possibly including a smaller snooker hall and a banqueting facility, along with 12 “maisonette flats”.
Letters of objection have been received from Argo Products in Viola Street and Northern Garage in Back Blackburn Road, as well as from three residents — with Bolton North East MP David Crausby asking that residents’ concerns be “taken into account”.
Objections included parking and traffic concerns.
Recommending approval, a report to the council said: “Benefits of the proposal have been identified in terms of housing provision and the improvement and occupancy of the building.
“Members are recommended to approve the application.”
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