Grade-II venue set for flats overhaul

The building in Preston Street is set to be transformed into apartments
The building in Preston Street is set to be transformed into apartments
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The death knell for a former bar and restaurant is set to sound after planners recommended the site is revamped into apartments.

The Grade-II Hillside building in Preston Street, Kirkham, is set to be converted into properties under plans submitted to Fylde Council by Paul Mellor, who owns the Cube Bar in Poulton.

Coun Keith Beckett, Imperial Service Order medal winner for 30 years service at Kirkham Prison as a joinery instructor.

Coun Keith Beckett, Imperial Service Order medal winner for 30 years service at Kirkham Prison as a joinery instructor.

A scheme to turn the building into five apartments was first submitted in October and had met some opposition from councillors on Kirkham Town Council, who felt it was over-intensive and inappropriate to add roof windows to a listed building.

But after the plans were deferred to allow discussions about the rear of the property, the town council is now backing the project, according to Kirkham Coun Keith Beckett.

Coun Beckett, (pictured), said: “At first there were some councillors who had reservations.

“But now we are in support of it. I want to see the whole place tidied up.

“Some people were concerned about the changes with it being a listed building.

“But at the end of the day the changes related to the roof – how many people will be looking at its roof? I am quite happy to see it be done up.”

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.

Plans in July to turn the building into seven apartments were rejected by councillors over concerns about the removal of its archway.

But planning officer Catherine Kitching said the latest bid should be approved, adding it would ensure the building’s “preservation”.

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

If the plans are agreed it would be the second major regeneration of a dilapidated site in Kirkham town centre, following the demolition of the George pub.

The iconic pub stood at the junction of Poulton Street, Moor Street and Station Road. It has made way for 12 apartments. The application will be reviewed by Fylde Council at a meeting at Town Hall, St Annes Road West, on Wednesday from 10am.