Darwen Liberal Club demolition plan

This Is Lancashire: A planning application has been lodged to have the former Darwen Liberal Club knocked down A planning application has been lodged to have the former Darwen Liberal Club knocked down

THE former Liberal Club in Darwen could be demolished to make way for a children’s nursery.

The club in Falcon Avenue has been vacant since closing in 2011 and now a planning application has been lodged to have it knocked down.

Built in the mid 19th-century as a domestic villa, it was the Darwen Masonic Lodge until being taken over by the Liberals in the 1980s.

The plans, submitted by Karl Baxter from Hampshire Helmn estate agents in Darwen, suggest the nursery would be called ‘Bowling Green Nursery’.

It would be split into two floors and there would be play areas to the front and back of the building.

The building is recognised by Blackburn with Darwen Council as a ‘locally listed heritage asset’, which does not give it the protection of full listing.

A report by Mortimers Chartered Building Surveyors, submitted alongside the plans, said demolition was the only feasible option for the building.

It said: “We believe that it is not viable to try to conserve it for an alternative use. The proposal for demolition is the best solution in our view.”

In a heritage statement, chartered surveyor Chris O’Flaherty said: “The building has been vacant since 2011 with attempts to find a new owner who is willing to re-use it proving fruitless.

“There would appear no justifiable heritage-related grounds to prevent redevelopment of the site.”

Earcroft councillor Stephanie Brookfield said she was pleased a new use for the site could be on its way.

She said: “The Liberal Club is an iconic old building has fallen into disrepair and been vandalised.

“As ward councillor I am really delighted with this proposal and I support it fully.”

Liberal Democrat leader for Darwen, Coun David Foster, said the club had lost its connection to the political party and was a Liberal club ‘in name only’ for the past few decades.

He said: “I do feel sad, though, because my grandfather was the president of the Lancashire Association of Liberal Clubs in the 1930s, back when we had about four of them in Darwen.”

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6:17pm Mon 2 Jun 14

foxy lass says...

Bowling Green? Interesting choice. Is that not the other end of town? Bolton Road??
Bowling Green? Interesting choice. Is that not the other end of town? Bolton Road?? foxy lass
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8:25pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Dan Clough says...

foxy lass wrote:
Bowling Green? Interesting choice. Is that not the other end of town? Bolton Road??
There used to be a bowling green next door on Oldfield Ave site
[quote][p][bold]foxy lass[/bold] wrote: Bowling Green? Interesting choice. Is that not the other end of town? Bolton Road??[/p][/quote]There used to be a bowling green next door on Oldfield Ave site Dan Clough
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8:25pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Dan Clough says...

side*
side* Dan Clough
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12:03am Tue 3 Jun 14

sean_brfc says...

Very sad indeed to see a nice Victorian building wasted.
Very sad indeed to see a nice Victorian building wasted. sean_brfc
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5:09pm Tue 3 Jun 14

james!y says...

The people who bought the luxury apartments Mr Baxter built next to the old club,will welcome it being demolished,but not to make way for a somewhat nois!y kids nursery next to them i am sure.Not a nice thing to want to do Mr Baxter.
But then money rules ones head.
The people who bought the luxury apartments Mr Baxter built next to the old club,will welcome it being demolished,but not to make way for a somewhat nois!y kids nursery next to them i am sure.Not a nice thing to want to do Mr Baxter. But then money rules ones head. james!y
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12:25am Wed 4 Jun 14

fireonthemountain says...

Well - may I ask ?
I am unsure of my facts here .

I do remember this place as being an absolutely brilliant place in the
early 1990's . Ruled with a rod of iron by the doorman , who permitted
no drunkenness , no foul language , wish i could remember his name !

The whole place was immaculate - superb snooker tables , you could probably have eaten a meal off the loo floor!! Staff magnificent .

Now this is where my memory is unsure , I welcome opinions .

1 - did it have a fire , started deliberately by a new steward ?
2 - was eventually a new stewardess appointed , who could not cope ?

I honestly cannot remember - if I am wrong then I apologise unreservedly .

To echo jasmes!y - a kids nursery instead ?
Noise and traffic problems .
Destroy an irreplaceable building .
Part of Darwen's history .
For money .

How sad .
Well - may I ask ? I am unsure of my facts here . I do remember this place as being an absolutely brilliant place in the early 1990's . Ruled with a rod of iron by the doorman , who permitted no drunkenness , no foul language , wish i could remember his name ! The whole place was immaculate - superb snooker tables , you could probably have eaten a meal off the loo floor!! Staff magnificent . Now this is where my memory is unsure , I welcome opinions . 1 - did it have a fire , started deliberately by a new steward ? 2 - was eventually a new stewardess appointed , who could not cope ? I honestly cannot remember - if I am wrong then I apologise unreservedly . To echo jasmes!y - a kids nursery instead ? Noise and traffic problems . Destroy an irreplaceable building . Part of Darwen's history . For money . How sad . fireonthemountain
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10:36am Wed 4 Jun 14

Unhappycyclist says...

To be fair, the building is a bit of a run down eyesore and I'm surprised that it's considered a heritage asset as it has no architectural merit.
To be fair, the building is a bit of a run down eyesore and I'm surprised that it's considered a heritage asset as it has no architectural merit. Unhappycyclist
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4:30pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Christine M says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
Well - may I ask ? I am unsure of my facts here . I do remember this place as being an absolutely brilliant place in the early 1990's . Ruled with a rod of iron by the doorman , who permitted no drunkenness , no foul language , wish i could remember his name ! The whole place was immaculate - superb snooker tables , you could probably have eaten a meal off the loo floor!! Staff magnificent . Now this is where my memory is unsure , I welcome opinions . 1 - did it have a fire , started deliberately by a new steward ? 2 - was eventually a new stewardess appointed , who could not cope ? I honestly cannot remember - if I am wrong then I apologise unreservedly . To echo jasmes!y - a kids nursery instead ? Noise and traffic problems . Destroy an irreplaceable building . Part of Darwen's history . For money . How sad .
think the Doorman's name was Tommy Marsden.
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: Well - may I ask ? I am unsure of my facts here . I do remember this place as being an absolutely brilliant place in the early 1990's . Ruled with a rod of iron by the doorman , who permitted no drunkenness , no foul language , wish i could remember his name ! The whole place was immaculate - superb snooker tables , you could probably have eaten a meal off the loo floor!! Staff magnificent . Now this is where my memory is unsure , I welcome opinions . 1 - did it have a fire , started deliberately by a new steward ? 2 - was eventually a new stewardess appointed , who could not cope ? I honestly cannot remember - if I am wrong then I apologise unreservedly . To echo jasmes!y - a kids nursery instead ? Noise and traffic problems . Destroy an irreplaceable building . Part of Darwen's history . For money . How sad .[/p][/quote]think the Doorman's name was Tommy Marsden. Christine M
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11:02pm Sun 8 Jun 14

fireonthemountain says...

Brilliant - thanks to you post I do remember his first name
as being Tommy though I didn't know his second name !

Cheers
Brilliant - thanks to you post I do remember his first name as being Tommy though I didn't know his second name ! Cheers fireonthemountain
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