Ambitious plans to transform a derelict former pub in the centre of the picturesque village of Chipping were approved by Ribble Valley Borough Council last week.
Originally built in 1779, the Talbot Inn is a Grade II listed building and has been closed for business for some years, with the building now having fallen into disrepair.
The architect in charge of the project, Ivan Wilson of IWA Architects Ltd, Clitheroe, said that the development would breathe new life into the prominent village centre property.
“This is a £2.5m. project which aims to provide an economically viable building for sustainable use. The plans include 20 bedrooms, an extension to provide a bar, bistro, function rooms and catering kitchen with parking for 46 cars,” said Mr Wilson.
It is anticipated that a minimum of 30 full-time jobs will be created. Villagers’ reactions to the plans have, on the whole, been positive; the only objections being from properties in the immediate vicinity and some concerns regarding parking as there are already issues on the busy main street.