Town micro-pub gets go-ahead

Danny and Alison Hindle, from the Railway pub in Leyland, plan to open a micro pub in a former travel agents shop in Hough Lane

Danny and Alison Hindle, from the Railway pub in Leyland, plan to open a micro pub in a former travel agents shop in Hough Lane

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Plans for a unique micro-pub to open in Leyland town centre have been granted planning approval.

An idea to create a small ‘pop-up’ pub in a former travel agents next to the market entrance on Hough Lane has now been given the go ahead, with South Ribble Council laying to rest people’s concerns about the project.

Danny and Alison Hindle, who run the Railway pub on Preston Road, want to open The Market Ale House by Christmas, which will sell ales, wines and soft drinks, as well as cold snacks.

Two letters of objection were submitted about the plans; one market trader expressed concerns that building work will disrupt his business, and a resident of Kingswood Road in Leyland said there are already problems with noise and people ‘lingering’ in the area when they leave pubs at night.

However, council planning officers say there will be no disruption to local businesses because building work will be minimal, and added that because the micro-pub has limited opening hours, it should not contribute to the existing noise problems.

The decision notice reads: “There would be no entertainment, gaming machines or music - the ethos of such business being good beer and conversation.

“Clientele are typically older and opening hours are usually limited - this application proposes opening Monday to Friday from 11am until 3pm, then 5pm until 10pm, and 11am until 10pm on Saturdays, closed Sundays.”

It adds that one full-time and one part-time member of staff are anticipated, and that the room can seat around 35 people, or fit 60 with some standing.

South Ribble’s Economics Development team fully supported the move, praising the couple for their ‘exceptionally well’ running of the Railway, and said the change will ‘support Leyland’s buoyant town centre’.

The report adds that the micro-pub is ‘new and innovative’ which will have a positive effect on the market area and town centre as a whole.

A separate planning application has now been put forward for new signs for the pub.