Ribble Valley village’s only pub to be converted into flats

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Plans to transform the only pub in a rural Ribble Valley village into residential flats has been given the go-ahead.

Planning officers at Ribble Valley Borough Council approved the conversion of the Black Bull, Rimington, into a three-bed flat and three two-bedroom flats.

Objection letters as well as letters supporting the scheme from nearby residents were submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council. One letter read: “Since its closure in October 2013, the building has been subject to vandalism. If the building is left unoccupied, it is likely that it will deteriorate further either by further vandalism or by general degradation over time. As it is located in the centre of the village close to the well-maintained properties and a fashion retailer’s premises, this building should be redeveloped as soon as possible to avoid the centre of the village being marred by an empty redundant and vandalised public house.”

While another resident said: “It cannot be realistically be claimed that the proposed flats would provide ‘vitality’ when their provision would mean that a vital part of the village would be lost forever.”

Planning inspector Colin Sharpe concluded: “Whilst it is obviously regrettable that a public house/restaurant in a village is to be lost, it is considered that the proposal complies with all the relevant guidance and policies.

“It is considered that the proposed conversion to form four flats is the most appropriate and sustainable alternative use for this building.”