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Dismay over housing plan for historic public house

Nothings changed Residents (from left), Elaine Fitzsimons, Ashley Fitzsimons, Alicia Newton, Malcolm Cunliffe, Sue Blacow and Jimmy Hetherington in front of the former bowling greens at  The Layton

Nothings changed Residents (from left), Elaine Fitzsimons, Ashley Fitzsimons, Alicia Newton, Malcolm Cunliffe, Sue Blacow and Jimmy Hetherington in front of the former bowling greens at The Layton

A historic Blackpool pub could be partially redeveloped in a bid to help boost its future viability.

Proposals have been submitted to Blackpool Council seeking to use the ground floor of The Layton, formerly the Layton Institute, as a shop, and to build five houses on the former bowling green.

The pub would be relocated to the first floor of the premises.

However residents of nearby Granby Avenue are opposed to the scheme which they claim will lead to increased traffic in the area.

Jimmy Hetherington said: “We fought off a similar scheme for housing two years ago and are dismayed a new application has been submitted.

“Nothing has changed. We still feel the former bowling green is the wrong place for houses. It will lead to too much additional traffic and the loss of open space.”

But developers say a mixture of uses for the site is vital to underpin the future of the venue on Westcliffe Drive.

A statement accompanying the planning application says: “The building is large with a former bowling green to the rear.

“It requires significant investment to upgrade facilities. It also needs a greater level of patronage to sustain its day-to-day working.”

It adds the changes will “allow it to operate in more modest premises better suited to current conditions”.

The Layton Institute, which dates back around 100 years and is locally listed, closed its doors in 2012 after getting into financial difficulty.

It re-opened later that year and converted itself into a pub early in 2013 meaning customers did not have to be members.

An application to build seven houses on the site of the bowling green was thrown out by the council in 2012 because it would have meant the loss of community facilities.

 

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