Aspinall Arms refurbishment could create 40 jobs

The Aspinall Arms, Mitton, where the shoes were found
The Aspinall Arms, Mitton, where the shoes were found
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Plans have been submitted for the refurbishment of a Mitton pub that has been closed for almost a year.

The pub/restaurant company Brunning and Price Ltd has submitted an application to Ribble Valley Borough Council to alter and extend the early 19th Century pub which is situated on the bank of the River Ribble.

In their application Brunning and Price Ltd, which specialise in breathing new life into old properties, many of them listed, and then running them directly, predict the development could create more than 40 jobs. The Aspinall Arms is owned by the Trustees of Standen Estate with Brunning and Price Ltd recently acquiring the lease to it.“It is intended to refurbish and extend the property to establish a viable and sustainable pub/restaurant at the site,” reads a statement produced by Johnson and Robson architects on behalf of Brunning & Price Ltd. “To secure the future commercial viability of the Aspinall Arms it is proposed to increase the capacity of the pub to accommodate approximately 150 diners and to install modern kitchen and catering facilities required to provide a high quality restaurant service.”

The site lies outside of the Green Belt and the proposal will re-utilise and regenerate a brownfield site.

“It will safeguard, reinstate and bring back into economic use buildings of historical, tourism and community importance to the area,” the statement adds.

The Aspinall Arms was originally a coaching inn. Before the construction of the stone bridge, a ferry boat crossed the river at this point.

It is proposed to extend the property around the existing two storey range to the rear of the original pub. 
On the south east side, a single storey extension will provide enlarged kitchen and catering facilities, an accessible disabled toilet and a staircase providing access to new customer toilet facilities at first floor level within the existing building. On the north west side a single storey extension will provide an enlarged bar area and additional customer dining areas overlooking the garden and river. To the north west gable of the original pub building the existing open veranda will be replaced with a small conservatory style extension with views over the garden and river.

“The Aspinall Arms is one of our latest projects,” said a spokesman for Brunning & Price. “We are currently in the planning process, but hope to begin renovation shortly with the aim of opening our doors early next year.”