Pub set to be converted into disability housing

The Waggon and Horses Pub on Bent Lane in Leyland
The Waggon and Horses Pub on Bent Lane in Leyland

A Leyland pub which closed last week is set to be converted into apartments for adults with disabilities and learning difficulties, it has emerged.

As reported in the Guardian last week, the Waggon and Horses on Bent Lane was cleared out after Daniel Thwaites Brewery sold it.

A planning application has now been put forward to South Ribble Council for the pub to be converted into warden-monitored accommodation.

If approved, the work will involve making alterations to the front of the pub to form a two-storey extension to enable nine new one-bedroom apartments to be created.

An office or communal room will also be provided at the site entrance, and access to the site for vehicles will be from Russell Avenue.

The application has been submitted by Grasmere Homes Ltd, which planning documents say is a company which ‘has considerable experience in the area of social care for persons in need of supported living’.

A report which has gone before council planning officers, who are set to make a decision at delegated level in the coming weeks, argues that “there is an identified need within the South Ribble borough for this type of accommodation.”

It adds: “The proposed layout of the site is designed to offer a safe and pleasant environment for residents.

“The existing car parking area will be reduced to facilitate the new frontage extension resulting in provision of 12 car parking spaces.

“A private external garden area for residents will be laid out on the easterly side of the building within a fenced area.

“In addition to this, the westerly terrace will be retained for use by residents.

“It is proposed to close off the existing southerly stepped pedestrian access onto Bent Lane.

“The retained pedestrian access will be securely gated.”

The report acknowledges that the proposal involves the loss of a community facility, but says that the brewery decided the pub is “not a property they wish to keep within their core estate.”

It explains that after 13 months on the market, there was no interest shown to continue the leisure use of the building.

The applicant believes that the changes “will result in no harm to the character of the local area or the living conditions of neighbouring residents”, and it is considered that the proposal will improve the appearance of the building.