Work stalls on former Preston pub transformation into homes

Landmark: The Royal Garrison pub is still boarded up and work has stalled

Landmark: The Royal Garrison pub is still boarded up and work has stalled

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Work to transform a Preston landmark has stalled as a new planning application is discussed.

The Royal Garrison, at the junction of Sir Tom Finney Way and Watling Street Road, in Fulwood, was bought for around £300,000 last year after being closed and boarded up for the previous two.

Originally, back in April, the successful bidder, investor Mr Ali Shan, from Preston, was hoping to convert and re-open the three-storey building as apartments, subject to planning permission.

But now nine months on, it appears a new application was submitted to Preston City Council by Mr Shan, to turn the public house and hotel into two houses.

A spokesperson for the council said: “A planning application was received on September 4 which is currently being determined.

“The application states that the owner is looking to turn the pub into houses.”

As yet, no date has been set for the planning application to be determined and, while scaffolding surrounds the back of the building, there are no set plans as to what will happen to the former pub.

The Garrison was one of a host of pubs which served Preston North End supporters for years on matchdays.

But as the number of customers has dwindled in recent years - along with attendances at Deepdale - trade had become difficult in the area.

When the Garrison finally closed its doors two years ago, the landlady of the Sumners Hotel directly opposite, sympathised with the demise of a fellow football pub,

“We take just about enough to keep afloat,” she said.

“It is quite tough but I don’t think we are the only ones, there are quite a few struggling.”