Plan to build care home on site of derelict pub

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @jamie_lopez1

ABURSCOUGH pub could be soon be de­mol­ished to make way for a new care home. Athena Health­care Group has sub­mit­ted plans to West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil to erect a nurs­ing home on the site of the Liver­pool Road South pub.

If the plans are ap­proved, a two storey cen­tre will be built, of­fer­ing 80 bed­rooms for res­i­den­tial care.

The pub it­self is fenced off from the pave­ment and has its win­dows boarded up, prov­ing an eye­sore to the many com­muters who pass on the busy street.

A num­ber of in­dus­trial units will also be de­mol­ished to make way for the new fa­cil­ity, if the plans are ap­proved.

The same com­pany sub­mit­ted an­other plan to build a care home on the site in 2015, only for that ap­pli­ca­tion, and a sub­se­quent ap­peal, to be re­jected by the coun­cil. This new ap­pli­ca­tion has been val­i­dated just weeks after an­other plan to de­mol­ish a va­cant Burscough pub.

Un­der the first pro­posal, the Martin Inn in Martin Lane would be knocked down and re­placed by eight semide­tached houses.

Both ap­pli­ca­tions will now be de­cided by the West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil plan­ning depart­ment.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion states: “The pro­posal is for a two-storey new build.

“This will pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion re­quired for the care home whilst be­ing of an ap­pro­pri­ate na­ture and scale for the street scene.

“The pro­posed devel­op­ment sites the care home as a clus­ter of rec­tan­gu­lar shapes in a U shape con­fig­u­ra­tion wrap­ping around a court­yard car park­ing area in the cen­tre of the site.

“The en­tire build­ing is sur­rounded by amenity space, for­mal and in­for­mal gar­den ar­eas.”

The for­mer Red Lion pub could soon be de­mol­ished and re­placed by a care fa­cil­ity

The derelict pub is fenced off and has be­come an eye­sore

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