A ONCE-popular pub looks set for a makeover after a national chain finally lodged plans.
JD Wetherspoon has already announced it will spend £1m revamping The Hansom Cab, in Lytham – but concerns had been raised about the length of time the once-popular pub would be empty for.
But a planning application from Wetherspoon’s to remodel the Station Road establishment has now been submitted – and has been welcomed by the local councillor.
Coun Charlie Duffy said: “It does look a mess at the moment, it’s got metal shutters over the doors and windows and the sooner they are taken away the better.
“A lot of people used to go to The Hansom Cab and I’m sure they can’t wait for it to open again.”
Station Road was revamped ahead of this summer’s Open Golf – with new paving and lighting designed to drive trade – and the closure of The Hansom Cab in January was seen as a blow to the area.
Now, Coun Duffy hopes the new pub could attract more people to the area, which is on the other side of town from Lytham’s main drinking establishments.
He added: “I think Wetherspoon’s will be a welcome addition to Lytham.
“The Hansom Cab has always been in a bit of a strange position and perhaps it takes a big name like Wetherspoon’s to drive people down there.”
Because the 150-year-old building is listed, Wetherspoon’s has had to apply to Fylde Council for listed building consent to carry out internal alterations.
The plans include moving the men’s toilets upstairs and extending the women’s toilets and kitchen.
When it’s refurbished and open, the new pub will create 40 jobs.
A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon confirmed the plans had been submitted, but said until they were approved there remains no date for work to start.