Dismay as a once-popular pub is about to disappear

LAST ORDERS: The Brookes Arms
LAST ORDERS: The Brookes Arms
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A Once popular pub looks set to be demolished.

Residents were shocked to discover work on the Brookes Arms in Chorley was suddenly taking place. The pub on Eaves Lane has been disused and boarded up for some time.

Ward councillor Julia Berry posted a message on her Facebook page, saying ‘locals were shocked and dismayed’.

She said: “It’s sad to see the demise of a pub which has been part of the community since the 1840s. Despite valiant attempts by recent landlords to keep the business viable it was not to be. It’s also sad to see a historical landmark disappearing from Chorley east.

“I’m currently working on plans to set up a neighbourhood forum which will allow residents to discuss and formulate a neighbourhood plan to help local people participate in shaping what they want their community to look like now and in the future.”

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, explained: “Our officers have been out on site and no demolition has yet taken place - work that has been done isn’t classed as demolition. They (the owner) need to submit an application for prior determination for the proposed demolition, which they had done but it was showing as invalid because they hadn’t posted a site notice. That was done Monday and so the application will go through the usual process.

“No demolition work can take place until this has been granted and this will take three weeks. They have told our officers they will be doing some tidying up of the site, so you may see activity taking place but this will not be part of the demolition.

“The site doesn’t have planning permission for any replacement buildings, so an application would need to be submitted for that.”