Homes and restaurant plans for Burnley ‘gateway’ building
1:08pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A FORMER pub on a gateway into Burnley could be turned into a restaurant, with a housing development alongside.
Developers have expressed an interest in building 10 new homes, and opening an Italian restaurant, at the derelict Bull and Butcher, in Manchester Road.
Lugano Developments said its proposals would ‘provide direct investment into the building and introduce a positive new use’.
The pub, which was also known as the Slaughtered Lamb, closed several years ago, and the site has since been home to various restaurants, most recently Ashoka Restaurant and Wine Bar, which shut three years ago.
Preston-based Fletcher Smith Architects, who were behind the Tiggis restaurant which opened in Clayton-le-Dale earlier this year, are involved in the scheme.
Plans have been drawn up for six three-bedroom, and four four-bedroom houses on the site, which lies in both green belt and brownfield areas.
In a design and access statement, the applicant said: “The existing building has some merit, but the southern gable end is unattractive.
“The building is unused and is becoming increasingly dilapidated.
“Unless some positive use is found for the building, and its surroundings, it will continue to deteriorate, creating a very negative impression upon approaching Burnley.
“The improvements to the southern gable, and the provision of quality housing on adjacent land will provide an imposing and interesting ‘Gateway to Burnley’.
“The two elements of the scheme are inextricably linked.
“The scale of investment required to upgrade the building requires the provision of the housing to justify and enable this to take place.
“Equally, without the improvement of the building, the site will not be attractive for quality housing, and the deterioration of the land will continue.”
A new access road to the housing development, from Rossendale Avenue, also forms part of the application.
Lugano said it believed a new restaurant could create 28 new jobs.
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