Apartments plan could transform derelict pub

The Railway Inn (Station Road, Kirkham).
The Railway Inn (Station Road, Kirkham).
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PLANS to revamp a derelict pub have been unveiled – and it is hoped they could spark a clean-up of another town centre eye-sore.

Kirkham’s Railway Inn pub has been empty for almost a year, but could now be transformed into a development of seven new apartments.

The plan is to provide affordable one-bed apartments while retaining the existing front of the partly Grade Two listed building – a move that’s been welcomed.

Coun Elaine Silverwood, who also chairs Kirkham’s business group, said: “Providing it’s in keeping with the look of the building I’m more than happy for it to be turned into apartments.

“There are pubs closing down everywhere and we’ve a lot in Kirkham and Wesham and there isn’t that demand.

“I think it will be welcomed.”

According to applicant Higginson Property Services, since the pub closed down nine months ago there have been four break ins and repeated lead thefts.

In documents to Fylde Council the architects behind the plans, ADS, state: “A viable alternative use is required to avoid this listed building being left vacant and suffering further deterioration.”

The plans also state there is a need for affordable homes in the area.

And Coun Silverwood hopes if this application is approved it may spark a similar development on the site of town centre pub the St George’s Hotel.

The pub – commonly known as The George – has been closed for almost 18 months.

Brewery Scottish and Newcastle has indicated it has no plans to re-open or market the pub until the economic climate improves, and Coun Silverwood said: “If this was an application for The George to turn it into town houses or apartments I would be thrilled because that has fallen into disrepair.

“The brewery has no intention of reopening it but I don’t for a minute think they should be subjecting the town to an eyesore like that.”

A decision on The Railway Inn application is expected to be made in March.