Major conversion plan at Pendle hotel/restaurant

The Old Stone Trough at Kelbrook. Pic: Google.
The Old Stone Trough at Kelbrook. Pic: Google.

A plan for a major conversion of the Old Stone Trough at Kelbrook has been submitted to Pendle Council.

Applicant Stephen Grantham has applied to change the use of the hotel and restaurant in Colne Road to offices with a café/restaurant.

The application proposes to remove the hotel’s existing 35 rooms with the proposal for no accommodation, although some of the present floorspace (200sq.m.) designated as “hotels and halls of residence” is being retained, with 1,300 sq.m. becoming offices.

Thirteen offices in total are planned with what is described as a coffee shop on the layout. The hotel’s 100 car parking spaces are to be retained, according to the plans.

Coun. Ken Hartley said: “I’m a bit concerned that Pendle has such a lack of tourist rooms, and the applicant is considering cutting them out altogether.

“One of the key growth mechanisms in Pendle is tourism and this will reduce significantly our ability to provide accommodation for tourists.”