Ingol pub to become nursery

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A pub is set to be converted into a children’s nursery after permission was granted by Preston Council.

Regulars rallied round in November last year to try to save the John O’Gaunt in Cottam Avenue, Ingol, with hundreds signing a petition.

But the pub is now due to become a day nursery, after plans were approved under delegated powers.

Approval was granted with conditions for proposals to change the pub into a children’s day nursery, with external alterations to the existing building, the erection of boundary fencing and alterations to car parking and landscaping areas.

A statement submitted to Preston’s planning committee described to pub as an “eyesore” and “bringing the whole area down”.

An officer’s report said the committee had received letters of objection and a petition with 132 signatures of customers.

But the report said the pub “relies on a substantial amount of trade from the immediate community, which has diminished”.

It said: “The public house is not likely to attract any passing trade and has changed tenancy repeatedly in recent years.”

The new nursery is set to replace an existing nursery, currently housed in Ingol Community Primary School next door.

It will have provision for up to 49 children.

An access statement for Building Blocks Day Nursery said: “The area as a whole will benefit, especially the residential side.

“The proposed business of a day nursery will only be open during the day time, 7.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturday.”