Plans to bring a disused “gateway” building on the edge of Colne town centre back into use are recommended for refusal by Pendle Council planning officers at a meeting on Thursday night.
Members of the council’s Colne and District Committee were advised in a report that the plans to convert the Tubbs of Colne china and crystalware shop into a restaurant and bar would have an overbearing and adverse impact on a neighbouring property, with the proximity of window openings leading to a loss of privacy.
The Albert Road shop has stood empty for around six years since the business closed.
In the first part of the 20th Century, it was the town’s police station and before Tubbs opened in 1983, councillors approved plans there for an independent secondary day school (1978), a wholesale textile warehouse (1980), a licensed restaurant and wine bar (1981) and a licensed restaurant (1982).
The application also includes a number of external alterations to the property including partial demolition and extension work at the rear, the erection of and pedestrian alterations at the front.
A report to the meeting says that although there has only been one objection, councillors have asked for the matter to be brought before them to make the decision.