Plans revealed for pub site

Poachers Way development in Thornton

Poachers Way development in Thornton

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Developers have revealed their vision for the site of a derelict pub.

McCarthy and Stone has issued the first draft of plans for the redevelopment of the Bourne Poacher in Thornton.

The company is now inviting feedback from residents on its proposals for high-quality retirement homes on Poachers Way, Thornton.

The proposal, for 70 one and two-bed flats will also include the provision of a small retail unit and have been welcomed by one local councillor.

McCarthy and Stone says it is looking to transform the site into a scenic, high-quality development complete with professionally landscaped gardens.

Ian Wilkins, regional managing director for McCarthy and Stone (North West) said: “We are looking forward to speaking to the local community about our proposals. This scheme would provide much-needed specialist housing in Thornton. We are keen to develop a scheme that positively contributes to the local community through a high-quality, attractive design.”

Residents have already been given a chance to see the proposals and give their views.

An exhibition was held in Thornton earlier this week and the plans are also available online at www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/thornton

The Bourne Poacher closed more than two-years-ago and has since become a target for vandals.

The Gazette reported last month that teenagers were risking their safety entering the building and causing a nuisance to those living close to the former pub

Coun Andrea Kay raised those fears. She has welcomed the retirement scheme. which could go before planners as early as October this year.

She said: “I think these plans will be welcomed by older neighbours of the site.

“The building will include a communal area for residents to socialise.

“I think that will be a benefit to those who take up the flats which I think will be a welcome addition to the community.

“I understand the developers are looking to begin work at the start of next year.”

A site adjacent to the Bourne Poacher is currently being developed with two and three-bed family homes.