Bid for shop at landmark pub is thrown out

Layton Institute in 2011
Layton Institute in 2011
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A bid to use part of a historic Blackpool pub as a shop has been thrown out at appeal.

The Minotaur Group had appealed against a decision by Blackpool Council to refuse planning permission for the ground floor of The Layton, formerly the Layton Institute, to be used for retail purposes

An independent planning inspector dismissed the appeal, particularly citing concerns of the impact the proposals would have on highway safety.

A report to Blackpool’s planning committee says the inspector felt the scheme “would support the viability and vitality of Layton District Centre”.

But she felt “the harm that would be caused in relation to highway safety together with my concerns regarding the reduction in the size of the existing community facility, the loss of the bowling green/open space and the effect of this on the significance of the heritage asset are compelling reasons to dismiss the appeal.”

It was feared the shop would lead to more parking on nearby Granby Avenue resulting in a loss of visibility for vehicles exiting the proposed car park.

Residents of Granby Avenue had expressed fears about the impact of increased traffic in the area.

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.

Previous bids to build houses on the bowling green have also been refused.