Homes plan will retain Clitheroe pub

The Craven Heifer on Whalley Road which has closed down
The Craven Heifer on Whalley Road which has closed down

A pub in Clitheroe will remain a valuable community asset despite plans to build new houses on land directly behind it, developers say.

An application to build eight new houses behind the Craven Heifer pub, Whalley Road, on land that until recently was used for private allotments, has been submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council by Blackburn-based applicants Beck Developments Ltd.

Following its closure, the Craven Heifer pub and land at the rear were put up for sale. It was subsequently bought by Norwest Leisure Ltd, an associate company of Beck Developments Ltd. The site adjoins the road serving Copperfield Close and the new houses would front on to that road.

“After consultation with the allotment holders the company has identified an opportunity for the development of eight quality detached family houses on the allotment land which would then leave the public house as capable of being retained and reopened as a local neighbourhood pub,” explained a spokesman for Beck Developments Ltd. “As the consultation with local people shows, the Craven Heifer is locally valued as a community asset.”

During talks with the applicants and the allotment holders, the latter showed willingness to vacate the land, this now being owned by the company and formal notices to quit have been served by Norwest Leisure Ltd.