A FORMER Barnoldswick pub is set to get an overhaul after permission to turn it into four flats and a shop was given.
The Railway Hotel in Newtown is set to be converted to shops on the ground floor and four two-bedroom flats on the first floor after West Craven councillors gave plans the green light.
The pub ceased trading in June and the owner turned to the idea of converting the building when it did not sell.
Speaking on behalf of the applicant, architectural agent Reedley said at the time: “The Railway Hotel has been on the market for some considerable time due to the general decline in the pub sector.
“More recently the building has ceased trading and due to market conditions would not continue to be viable going forward in its present use.
“As a direct consequence of the economic climate my client has decided to seek consent to convert the building to alternative uses in order to secure its long term future within the conservation area.”
Permission was not required to convert the downstairs of the pub to a retail unit, but for the shop frontages to be added and for the change to residential use upstairs.
Councillors at Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee meeting said it was a shame another pub had been lost in the town.
Coun. Jenny Purcell said: “Anything will look far better than a building going into disarray.
“It is unfortunate that we have lost another pub but we cannot do anything about that. It doesn’t help that supermarkets sell alcohol so cheaply. We will have some nice new shops to go into the unit, although we don’t know what type of shops yet.
“The design will be in keeping with what is already there and will enhance the Church Street area. This is better than letting it become derelict.”
Coun. David Whipp said: “It is a case of accepting the inevitable really. It is regrettable that Barnoldswick’s night life is slowly being whittled away, although I think a lot of people will welcome that we are no longer the Wild West when it comes to Friday and Saturday nights.
“It seems to be a good use for the building and one that will be a positive benefit to the town rather than potentially dragging the town centre down.”