Plans to expand Craven Heifer pub in Kelbrook

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TWO West Craven pubs are set for change; one has submitted plans to expand its business while the other could be turned into a shop and flats.

Owners of the Craven Heifer on Colne Road in Kelbrook want to double the number of guest rooms at the hotel by building a stone annexe at the back of the premises.

The two-storey detached building would be built on the grassy area behind the hotel and house 10 bedrooms.

There are also plans for seven extra parking spaces.

At Newtown in Barnoldswick, the owner of the Railway Hotel has abandoned plans to sell on the pub and has submitted an application to convert the premises into a ground floor shop and four first floor flats.

The Railway ceased trading on June 1st. On behalf of the applicant, architectural agent Reedley said: “The Railway Hotel has been on the market for some considerable time now 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.”

The ground floor of the pub is set to be converted into a shop which does not require planning permission, although the shop frontages do.

Four two-bedroom flats would be put on the first floor.

Further plans to demolish an outbuilding behind the pub to make room for two new cottages have been withdrawn from the application. Plans have also been amended to timber being used for windows and doors, instead of the uPVC first proposed.

Councillors at Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee are set to decide on the Railway plans at their next meeting a week on Tuesday. A planning officer will decide on the Craven Heifer plans by the same date.