Retail plans for empty Clitheroe pub

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A new lease of life could be given to a town centre pub which has been closed for the past two years.

Plans are afoot to use the ground floor of the Victoria Hotel, which is currently boarded up, as retail premises for the next 12 months.

An application has been submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning committee to temporarily change the use of the Grade II Listed building.

No structural alterations will be made to the 19th Century building, which is right in the centre of Clitheroe on Market Place.

The application has been made by Mr Trevor Wildman, of the company Lex Estates, The Old Village School, Pendleton.

A statement from Lex Estates said: “It is intended to use the ground floor only of the building for temporary retail purposes. No structural or internal alterations will be made and the temporary use will be within the current layout of the ground floor area.

“No change in its current appearance is planned, the only change will be in the appearance gained through a building being put back into use.

“Ground floor windows will be used for the display of stock for sale.

“The alteration to its planning use will encourage the continued use of a building, unoccupied for over two years, and increase the vitality of Clitheroe town centre.

“The building being brought back into use will only be of a positive value to its listed status.”

The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times contacted Mr Wildman about the plans, but he declined to make any comment.