Historic wedding venue could be converted into pub

Proposals: Haighton Manor, which could be converted into a pub
Proposals: Haighton Manor, which could be converted into a pub
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An historic wedding venue is facing a proposal of a different kind after plans were lodged to turn it into a pub.

Pub group Brunning and Price has submitted proposals for Haighton Manor in rural Preston, to convert it from a hotel and restaurant and extend its dining room.

The venue’s website says it will not be available for weddings after December 31 this year, and a planning application says its “primary purpose” could become the “sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks and food on the premises”.

It is understood the current tenants will leave the Grade II listed building by the end of January , and a Brunning and Price spokesman said the company was “interested” in the premises.

A design and access statement to Preston Council, submitted by agents Frost Planning, said: “B&P proposes the change of use of Haighton Manor from wedding venue/hotel/restaurant to public house; including dining-room extension at side, repositioned car park, internal/external refurbishment works, and new landscaping.”

It said: “The proposed change of use is non-controversial given the existing lawful use of Haighton Manor. There will be no adverse impact on residential amenity.”

Listed building consent has also been submitted for the building, which dates back to the early 17th century.

Coun Neil Cartwright, who represents Preston Rural East, said: “It just seems a shame really, it’s a good place.

“I don’t know if it will have any great impact, it’s just a loss of a good restaurant and venue.

“I think it’s just an interesting and intriguing development and I will be interested to see what happens.”

Brunning and Price is the company behind pubs including the Aspinall Arms in Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley.