Plans to convert pub into housing looks set to get approval

Residents gather to protest at the Waggon and Horses pub on Bent Lane, Leyland

Residents gather to protest at the Waggon and Horses pub on Bent Lane, Leyland

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Controversial plans to transform a Leyland pub into apartments for people with mental health problems looks set to get the go-ahead.

South Ribble Council planning officers have recommended the proposals by Grasmere Homes to convert the Waggon and Horses on Bent Lane be granted permission.

A decision is due to be made at a planning meeting next week, but residents have spoken out about the plans.

The council has received 14 letters of objection to the scheme, with people worried that the ‘low profile mental health problems’ could be an “underhand way to house drug addicts or alcoholics into a quiet residential area.”

Concerns have also been raised that the residents could be ‘disruptive, mentally unstable and antisocial’ and cause noise in the area.

However, council officers have argued that there is nothing to suggest this will be the case, and added: “There will be warden supervision provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week on a rota basis with the office manned daily for administration and community activity co-ordination, and therefore residents will have a degree of supervision.

“Indeed, the past use of the premises as a public house is considered to have much more potential to generate noise and disturbance, particularly at unsocial hours.”

The planning meeting takes place at the Civic Centre on West Paddock, Leyland, on Wednesday, April 30, at 6pm.