Homes plans set for historic site

The Cube'Kirkham
The Cube'Kirkham
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An historic building which used to be a bar and nightclub could be revamped and turned into flats under new plans.

Grade II-listed building The Hillside, in Preston Street, Kirkham – formerly the Cube Bar – could be converted into five apartments under plans by Paul Mellor, who owns the Cube Bar in Poulton.

But the project has met opposition from some councillors on Kirkham Town Council, who have objected to the project, adding it is “over-intensive and inappropriate to add roof windows to a listed building”.

Kirkham Coun Keith Beckett said: “As far as I am concerned, it is a listed building.

“The front facade of the building must not be touched.

“I want the feel and look of the building to stay as it is.”

The property dates from the early 19th century. It was closed as a nightclub in 2009, with a previous scheme to turn it into a nursing home scrapped due to a lack of interest.

The new application would include adding balconies to the rear of the property.

Planning officer Catherine Kitching, who has recommended the bid be approved, said it would ensure the building’s “preservation”.

She added: “The listed building has been vacant for several years and the scheme is a sustainable use which should allow for the preservation of the heritage asset to the benefit of Kirkham.”

The application will be reviewed by Fylde Council at a meeting at Town Hall, St Annes Road West, on Wednesday from 10am.

Mr Mellor was unavailable for comment.