ALEX SCAPENS

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PLANS have been revealed this week to con­vert two more former Stock­port pubs into al­ter­na­tive uses.

In a sign that the bor­ough’s so­cial drink­ing her­itage con­tin­ues to shrink a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been sub­mit­ted to turn what was the Trav­ellers Call on Glos­sop Road, Marple Bridge, into two new homes.

Stock­port coun­cil has re­ceived an­other ap­pli­ca­tion this week for the former Adswood Ho­tel on Adswood Lane West, Cale Green.

It has come from Indigo Plan­ning and seeks to turn the pub, which shut in 2013 ac­cord­ing to the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, into a 60-bed care home.

Coun­cil­lor Philip Hard­ing, who is on the plan­ning com­mit­tee, said: “I think it is a shame for many of these places and the drink­ing her­itage is shrink­ing.

“Pubs are where peo­ple come to­gether and are good meet­ing points, but the com­mu­nity no longer uses pubs like they once did.

“What is a good thing is that these places are be­ing re­de­vel­oped and not just ly­ing empty to de­cay.”

An­other former pub that is ear­marked for re­de­vel­op­ment is the Bow Gar­rett on Brinksway, Chea­dle Heath.

It was built in 1774 but cur­rently has a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion be­ing con­sid­ered by the coun­cil to turn it into eight flats.

In ad­di­tion Ye Olde Wool­pack, also on Brinksway, is cur­rently shut and up for sale on Right Move for £265,000.

Per­mis­sion has also been given to con­vert much of the White Lion, on Great Un­der­bank, in the town cen­tre, into flats.

And the go-ahead was also given at the end of last year to turn what was the Lit­tle Jack Horner on Lord Street, in the town cen­tre, into a Korean restau­rant.

Jim Flynn, from the South Manch­ester branch of the Cam­paign for Real Ale (CAMRA), says the or­gan­i­sa­tion is dis­ap­pointed with the num­ber of pub clo­sures in Stock­port and else­where.

He added: “I hope there is still a place for the tra­di­tional pubs and I sus­pect the pe­riod of mass clo­sures has come to an end in most ar­eas.

“There are some pos­i­tive fruits, the micro pub niche will con­tinue to grow but the tra­di­tional pub will be un­der pres­sure for some time.”

●●The Trav­ellers Call in Marple Bridge

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