Mini-motel set for top Leyland restaurant site

Charnock Farm restaurant, Wigan Road, Leyland
Charnock Farm restaurant, Wigan Road, Leyland

A mini-motel could pop up in Leyland if ambitious plans are passed.

Bosses at Charnock Farm in Wigan Road want to create a place for guests to stay overnight, as the business has expanded to include functions such as weddings.

The scheme would also involve building a cafe with exhibition space for people to practice arts and crafts at the popular site.

Owner David Duxbury said: “The motel idea goes back quite some years really, from when I spent time in America.

“We didn’t have motels here then, and about four years ago we tested the water by attaching four rooms to the restaurant at Charnock Farm.

“They’re really in demand because a lot of business people come to Leyland to visit large firms and do training, and we also do weddings here now, so the demand is there.”

He explains that the concept of a motel is for visitors to drive up to their rooms and park their cars right outside, without entering a hotel-style building.

The plans involve building a single storey cafe to replace an existing building as well as extending and converting a garage to form an eight-bedroom motel.

The Wigan Road site currently consists of a restaurant, garden centre, coffee house and pet shop.

South Ribble Council planning officers are set to determine the application in the coming weeks at a delegated level.