Concern over demolition plans for well-known pub

The Lancs and Yorks Hotel, Bamber Bridge
The Lancs and Yorks Hotel, Bamber Bridge
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A pub once described by police as a “magnet for trouble” is set for demolition, if new retail plans are passed.

The Lancs and Yorks Hotel in 249 Station Road, Bamber Bridge, has been closed since early last year, due to trading difficulties.

Now School Lane Properties Ltd has applied for permission to raze the building to the ground, in favour of a new timber, glass and rendered brick two-storey shop.

Planning consultant for the applicant, Graham Cockburn, said: “Because of the irregular shape of the existing two-storey public house with basement, it has been decided to demolish that property and erect a new convenience store that is part single-storey, part two-storey.”

South Ribble Council’s planning committee decided in December that use of the site for retail purposes was appropriate.

If approved, the replacement building will be single-storey at the front, rising to two-storeys at the rear.

It will house an ATM machine near its Station Road entrance, with a mezzanine floor above, and space for 14 cars at the rear.

The application follows the change of the nearby disused White Bull Hotel into a funeral parlour, and the Black Bull into an accountancy firm.

Councillor Paul Foster raised concerns about the decision to demolish the pub.

He said: “I’d rather see them keep the original building, it’s part of the character of Bamber Bridge.

“I’m concerned at how scruffy Station Road can look with all the different types of development, and I think that we need to have a masterplan for Bamber Bridge.

“We’ve got the former mill site very close to the Lancs and Yorks, and I think there needs to be some joined-up thinking rather than individual builds.”

He added: “The White Bull and the Black Bull have been renovated for different uses and are fantastic examples of what you can do with an old building.”

In 2009, Lancashire Police applied to revoke the pub’s licence after “a history of disorder”.