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Pub owners launch their latest venture

Photo: David Hurst
Withy Arms, Worden Lane, Leyland, Manager James Harding

Photo: David Hurst Withy Arms, Worden Lane, Leyland, Manager James Harding

Bosses behind a popular pub have opened a second watering hole in a neighbouring town after planning chiefs rejected an expansion plan.

Managers at The Withy Arms in Station Road, Bamber Bridge have now launched The Withy Arms in Leyland.

The new pub officially opened in Worden Lane at the site of the former Roebuck pub on Thursday.

The opening of the new pub comes after planning bosses refused plans to expand the current pub in Bamber Bridge.

Managers wanted to invest £50,000 into the venue by adding a conservatory to the front of the building on top of the existing flat roof to provide additional seating for diners.

The plans would have seen the size of the pub double.

However South Ribble Council refused the planning application on the grounds that it would not be in keeping with the area.

The decision was then taken to invest that money in the new pub. Operations Director at the pub Lee Forshaw said: “We continue to expand and reinvest our profits, which creates jobs.

“Because South Ribble Council blocked what we wanted to do in Bamber Bridge we found another suitable site in Leyland which the council seemed happy to support. It’s the Withy Arms but in a different area, we kept the name to carry on the reputation. “We created 20 part time jobs and five full time positions. Those five full time jobs would have been in Bamber Bridge.

“We’ve had a lot of feedback from the people of Leyland, they have said it is what Leyland has been waiting for.”

Lee and his business partner Alan Burdett also own the School Lane club in Bamber Bridge. James Harding, who is the manager at the other two premises, will also run the new Leyland pub.

The pub has been completely revamped, complete with a sheltered dining area outside.

 

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