£600,000 price tag on Bonds of Elswick restaurant site

A £600,000 price tag has been put on the land occupied by one of Lancashire's most popular ice cream restaurants.

Wednesday, 16th August 2017, 4:46 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:49 pm
An illustration from the planning application for the Bonds of Elswick site
An illustration from the planning application for the Bonds of Elswick site

The Bonds of Elswick cafe closed its doors for the last time in December last year although the family still produce its famous ice cream for shops and restaurants across the North West.

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Anyone buying the 0.6 acre site for a luxury housing development would have to demolish the restaurant first but the land is at the centre of a sought after residential area.

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Outline planning permission was granted by Fylde Council for homes on the site in February last year after no objections were received from Elswick Parish Council.

Some of the trees on the site are subject to a protection order but other wise there were no major conditions placed on the site.

Tree and landscape officer Alan Wallbank said: “One mature ash tree fronts the road, while there are several alders and an attractive multiple- stemmed white willow here. These have an aggregate value as a group of trees and present a nice break between the prospective and existing developments.”

Bonds’ owner Martin Molloy said at the time of the restaurant’s closure that he hoped a buyer would at least be found for the ice cream factory.

He said: “The time has come for me to retire.

“The premises has been up for sale and the ice cream business is still up for sale and I am hoping the right buyer will come along.”

The closure of the cafe resulted in the loss of around 20 part-time and full-time jobs.It was a popular source of income for local students working in the summer.