Shops plan for former Darwen landmark pub building
A FORMER town centre pub could be turned into retail units, a taxi rank and flats.
The former George Inn in Bolton Road is the subject of a planning application from Vale Commercial after recently being bought at auction.
An initial application has been submitted to Blackburn with Darwen Council, requesting a partial change of use for 9 Bolton Road to a taxi office.
In an accompanying statement, it explains a further application for the rest of the property is also expected to be submitted.
If successful, these will see the ground floor of the main pub building into two retail units, with flats above, with the taxi rank to be located in the smaller, back area that was once a separate building.
In a heritage statement, the developers said: “The proposals will return this redundant building to viable uses consistent with its conservation, and will respect and preserve its intrinsic significance and that of the Darwen Town Centre Conservation Area in which it stands.”
Developers also said the proposal would create three full-time office jobs, while the taxi office would be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Sunnyhurst councillor Pete Hollings said he was hopeful the building would be restored.
He said: “The building is very dilapidated so if anyone can turn it round then I am all for it.
“It is sad that it will never be a pub again, and I just hope they renovate it to a high standard as it is in the conservation area.”
Sunnyhurst councillor and chairman of the council’s planning committee Dave Smith said: “It is an interesting planning application and it will be dealt with in due course.”
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