‘No’ to flats plan at Longridge pub

The Dog Inn, Longridge, covered in scaffolding.
The Dog Inn, Longridge, covered in scaffolding.

Plans to convert the upper storey of Longridge’s landmark Dog Inn into flats have been rejected by town councillors.

Neighbours had raised concerns about noise, lack of parking, no consultations and that the site is in a conservation area.

Owner Ben Lee had submitted a change of use application to convert the upper floors to five one-bedroom apartments.

The plans also included parking to the rear, the removal of an external escape stair and rear porch and re-opening the tap room.

There were strong objections at last week’s council meeting.

Councillors heard from resident Karl Kirkup and borough councillor Ken Hind, who underlined local concerns on traffic, the impact on homes in Darwen Close, Risedale Drive, Swarbrick Court and Fleming Square, and on adjacent businesses and the cinema.

Darwen Close resident Mr Kirkup said he and neighbours were mainly concerned with not being informed of work on the site.

He also raised the state of the former bowling green behind the pub, uprooted trees and shrubs removing privacy for adjacent houses.

“There are old mattresses, water everywhere, no drainage – like a rubbish tip,” he said.

Coun Hind said everyone he had spoken to wanted to preserve the pub.

He told the meeting how local developer Stan Ainsworth bought the whole site then sold the building to Mr Lee.

Mr Ainsworth, as site owner, had cleared the land aiming to build flats.

“These however would be within the curtilage of The Dog, on the bowling green, across the car park, creating the major issue of no parking facility at all,” said Coun Hind.

The News learnt that, this week, Mr Ainsworth has submitted a planning application for outline planning consent to build three-storey blocks of 36 flats on the land behind the Dog Inn.

This will be considered by planning authorities at a later date.

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