Wine bar and shops plan replace respite centre vision for Penwortham bungalow site

Cotswold House, Liverpool Road
Cotswold House, Liverpool Road
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A fresh application has been made to develop a hotly-debated bungalow site in Penwortham.

Martin Fitzsimmons, who owns 42 Liverpool Road - also known as Cotswold House - has revealed he now wants to turn the into three shops and a wine bar.

It comes after hopes to turn the 100-year-old building into a dementia respite unit were scrapped over funding issues. Approved plans to demolish the bungalow and replace it with a £500,000 retail and apartment block-prompting strong objections from neighbours - have also been withdrawn.

“Penwortham is crying out for a wine bar, the Fleece has had it too good for too long”, said Mr Fitzsimmons.

“During the day there would also be tapas on offer, as well as coffees. The plan is to take down the fencing at the front and install small railings, so people can sit outside.

“It seems to be what everyone wants and the council want businesses that attract people into the town centre, rather it become a dormatory town.”

If plans are passed by South Ribble Council, the dormer bungalow building would be kept intact and would house three shops, with a wine bar occupying a side extension reaching as far as the houses on Queensway.

Mr Fitzsimmons added: “Two of the three shops will be two-storey, with a third on one level in a courtyard.

“There won’t be any flats in this plan, it’s too expensive to put flats above shops. Now it’s going to be purely commercial and not mixed use, so hopefully that takes away some of the concerns people had.

“I don’t think the people living in the houses behind need to worry. The people living in Rawsthorne Road behind the Fleece aren’t affected.”