New premises eyed up for Chain House Brewery's "high quality" expansion into Preston city centre

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A workshop conversion to a microbrewery and tap room could be just the tonic for a popular craft ale company.

Chain House Brewery, which is run by Ryan Hayes wants permission to open in at a vacant joinery unit in Market Street West, Preston.

Last year Ryan launched a crowdfunder to open a tap room in the city centre and managed to raise £13,755 with 201 supporters in 41 days.

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>>>Read more about Chain House Brewery here

Ryan Hayes in his garage breweryRyan Hayes in his garage brewery
Ryan Hayes in his garage brewery

Currently operating a 450-litre kit out of a garage in New Longton, Ryan has been keen to expand, and in April the company had plans passed to open a microbrewery and tap room in nearby Clayton's Gate.

The new application by Chase Developments (Preston) Limited superceeds that, and in documents submitted to Preston Council they state the Market Street West location "is likely to suit the needs of a microbrewery and the client better than the previous proposal on Clayton's Gate, owing to its single storey nature and more prominent frontage along Market Street West".

>>>Click here for what was passed in April.

What is being proposed?

The former joinery workshop in Market Street West. Image from Google.The former joinery workshop in Market Street West. Image from Google.
The former joinery workshop in Market Street West. Image from Google.

The proposals are to redevelop the existing commercial /light industrial building to provide a microbrewery space and tap room/bar area at ground floor.

There would be toilets including an accessible toilet, as well as a small office space, storage and ancillary spaces associated with the micro-brewery and tap room.

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It is proposed that the entire development will be wheelchair accessible, with unobstructed level access throughout.

Works to repair and upgrade the building, including necessary roofing works and painting would also be carried out.

Ryan HayesRyan Hayes
Ryan Hayes

High quality

The application states: "The proposed redevelopment aims to provide a high-quality micro-brewery and tap room / bar facility within the heart of Preston city centre.

"It is believed that this proposal will be a benefit to the area by upgrading a tired-looking building and adding to the variety of high quality hospitality venues around the Friargate and Market Street area."

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As the site wholly consists of a single storey existing light industrial building, there is no existing or proposed vehicle parking provision at the site. However, close to the site, located along Market Street is a public pay-and-display car park.

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