Former Chorley pub set to become flats for vulnerable adults

SITE: The Queen's Arms. in Chapel Street, Chorley
SITE: The Queen's Arms. in Chapel Street, Chorley
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A closed town centre pub will be transformed into apartments for vulnerable adults.

Plans for The Queen’s Arms, in Chapel Street, Chorley, were given the go ahead by planning chiefs earlier last week.

It was a slight variation to the previous planning application that was already agreed, so it wasn’t a great surprise that it was approved.

The pub closed in 2009 and has remained unoccupied since despite it being marketed for both sale and lease.

Recently Chorley businessman Nick Burton had applied to Chorley Council for permission to create seven apartments.

A planning application had previously been approved by Chorley Council’s development control committee.

However, since the approval, the plans have been amended.

It is now proposed that the two-storey rear extension is removed, with changes to the internal layout.

There will still be seven apartments in the building but they have been made smaller and accommodation for a caretaker is also to be provided.

The use of the apartments will be occupied by vulnerable adults who are living independently.

The plans also include accommodation which will enable a manager to be in place on a 24/7 basis to provide support for those living there.

Coun Steve Holgate, chairman of Chorley Council’s development control, said: “It was a slight variation to the previous planning application that was already agreed, so it wasn’t a great surprise that it was approved.

“This is actually an improvement on the previous planning application,” he added.

“It’s always sad to see pubs go, but when nothing is happening with it, it’s good to see that something with a purpose is being done.”