Homes plan leaves pub’s future in doubt

The Gillibrand Arms on Collingwood Road in Chorley
The Gillibrand Arms on Collingwood Road in Chorley
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A well-known Chorley pub has a battle on its hands for survival.

A planning application has been submitted for the Gillibrand Arms, in Collingwood Road to make way for a number of new homes.

It has been submitted by Chorley Community Housing, which owns properties all over the borough.

The pub is still open for business and has events on each day of the weeks, including quiz nights and private parties.

CCH has secured funding for the pub and if they were to buy it and gain planning permission, work would start straight away.

A consultation period is underway seeking residents’ views on the site.

Landlord Brendan McDonnell, has been at the pub for 14 months.

Mr McDonnell has been in the pub trade with his wife for 22 years, and he is unsure what the applications means for his future.

He said: “As far as I’m aware it’s business as usual and until we are instructed differently we will carry on.

“We are looking forward to a busy Christmas.”

The plans submitted say that 12 two storey houses will be built as well as 10 flats.

Parking will also be provided as well as landscaping.

A CCH spokesperson said: “We have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the Gillibrand Arms and are in discussion with the owners about its 

“If we do purchase it then, subject to obtaining planning permission, we would look to start work immediately.

“We will be summarising the feedback we have received from residents for the planning department to consider as part of the planning application.”

A spokesperson for Thwaites said: “A planning application has been lodged regarding the possible sale of the pub to a housing association.

“Any sale is subject to planning permission being granted.”