Flats and shops plan for landmark pub

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An historic town centre pub looks set to be transformed into shops and apartments after councillors gave the green light to the scheme.

The former White Horse in York Street will be converted into two shops and five apartments after the project was given conditional approval at aRibble Valley Borough Council planning committee meeting.

Situated within the Clitheroe Conversation Area, the opulently designed three-storey building will be turned into five apartments with the shops on the ground floor which will potentially create four jobs.

One of the residential units will incorporate the rear element of the existing courtyard accessed from the cart entrance on York Street.

Two other units will be on the first floor and two more on the second floor.

There were only two objections made to the scheme.

They were made on the grounds that parking spaces would be lost to residents in the area and there would be nowhere for people to park coming to see shows at the nearby Grand Theatre.

But Clitheroe Town Council did not raise any objections, stating that the site is in a highly accessible town centre location with adequate on-road traffic regulations to prevent parking near the building and there are public car parks in the town for customers at the new shops.

The White Horse was originally known as Walmesley’s on a street map of 1766 before York Street was opened up in 1826.

The age of the building is not certain but it is recorded in 1665 that the church wardens would retire to discuss their business. A survey carried out in 1824 valued the property at £20.

Several negotiations have taken place between the local authority and the applicant regarding the use of materials in the building including retaining timber framed windows and also the first floor timber door.

This is to preserve the historical look of the building and not make it too modern.