Green light to demolish former Penwortham police station

The former Penwortham Police Station which is to be converted it into two houses
The former Penwortham Police Station which is to be converted it into two houses
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  • Penwortham police station was sold as part of a cost-cutting initiative by Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Neighbours protested at plans to flatten the 1930s building and build a vets practice in its place
  • Plans have now been approved and practice staff are excited to expand their services
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A residents’ protest to save the former Penwortham police station from demolition has failed.

More than 30 people formally objected to Ribble Vets plans to flatten the 1930s building on the corner of Liverpool Road and Crookings Lane, and develop a purpose-built veterinary surgery.

The staff are obviously excited about the design, but more importantly it will enable them to perform their jobs more easily

Concerns were raised about the scale and design of the new building, increased traffic, parking problems and noise from a dog exercise area.

But the proposal was unanimously voted through by members of South Ribble Council’s planning committee on Wednesday night.

Practice staff said they were “delighted” with the outcome.

A statement from directors said: “The new premises will provide better customer access, improved services and further facilities for the pet owning client.

“The design incorporates extra diagnostic, theatre and inpatient facilities to better accommodate patients and attend to their needs in a streamlined manner. The increase in available appointments will minimise waiting times thus improving the individual client’s experience.

“The veterinary practice will replace our current premises in New Lane, Penwortham which has provided veterinary services since the 1980’s, but has been sadly outgrown.

“The staff are obviously excited about the design, but more importantly it will enable them to perform their jobs more easily.”

Penwortham Councillor Tony Pimblett said: “I think it was the wrong decision, and there are a lot of disappointed people.

“The building will be too big for the site. It comes way, way outside the existing building lines and will dominate surrounding homes.

“Also, there are only six parking spaces for staff and so people will end up parking on the surrounding roads, which is already a problem.”