Lancashire planning apps this week including 300 homes, restaurants and glamping pods

Lancashire Council Planning Services deal with a range of applications each week, from household extensions to major developments.

Applications with the greatest impacts will be brought to planning committees in public meetings, but the majority of applications are dealt with by officers within the local authority, who assess a range of factors before making a decision. This week saw an application submitted that could turn historic buildings into housing, build hundreds of homes and open new restaurants.

Another facet of the planning department’s work was seen earlier this week when a developer was ordered to rebuild a pub it demolished without permission. Punch Bowl Inn in Hurst Green, Ribble Valley, was hundreds of years old and listed for its architectural value, but was demolished last summer without planning permission.

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Here is a selection of some of those applications that have been registered by local authorities in Lancashire this week.

Blackburn with Darwen

Among various applications for house extensions, one application could see the house at 75 Pleckgate Road in Blackburn demolished. In its place, a larger four-bedroom house would be built.


In Blackpool, the old Cove Hotel could be brought back into use after a long period of vacancy under plans to use it for holiday apartments. If approved, the hotel’s eight rooms will be converted into four apartments with varying number of bedrooms. The request states: “The old hotel has been out of use for a long time and has become tired and needs immediate maintenance.”

On Topping Street, a new restaurant could soon open thanks to plans to convert an old store to a new use. If approved, the former shoe repair shop and anime and manga store will be turned into a restaurant.


Parking Eye has requested permission to install cameras and signs in the Knight Avenue parking lot in Buckshaw Village. He wants to use automatic cameras to monitor parking fees.

A plan to build up to 15 houses in Tincklers Lane, Eccleston, has been resubmitted after being rejected by Chorley Borough Council. It is argued that the development should be allowed due to previous miscalculations about the council’s ability to meet its housing needs.

Meanwhile, the telephone masts at Harpers Lane Chorley and Harbor Lane Wheelton are to be upgraded with more modern replacements.


In Carnforth, an application could see the former Co-op warehouse on John Street converted into six flats. Meanwhile, the owners of Old Hall Caravan Park in Capernwray Road have applied for permission to change the classified land use to allow caravans to attend all year round.

Elsewhere, a 25m tall telephone mast could be installed at Farm Gate Vets, Lancaster Farmers Auction Mart, Wyresdale Road.


At Higher Grange Farm in Barley, the owners are looking to diversify into offering holiday accommodation through the installation of four glamping pods. The application states: “The farm is approximately 50 hectares in size, which is not large enough to generate enough income without some form of diversification. Land prices are now far too expensive to consider expanding the farm, we need to have more profit.”

In Barnoldswick, permission is sought to demolish a cattery in Ghyll Lane and replace it with a new building housing two holiday apartments. In Brierfield, a developer wants to build a block of eight flats for supportive housing in Clitheroe Road.

Nelson’s former Barclays bank is also slated for development with an application lodged to convert the Manchester Road building into 10 apartments.


Permission is sought for the construction of a six-bed, multi-purpose (HMO) house on Bridge Street. The app says it would be built for the “local student/general working population”. Four houses could be built separately at Sumners Farm on Cow Hill.

Ribble Valley

In Clitheroe, Taylor Wimpey is asking permission to continue with plans to build 300 houses on land off Pendle Road. The developer already has preliminary approval for the land development concept for the houses, but needs approval for the details, including access, appearance, landscaping, layout and construction. scale for phases five and six of major development.

In Longridge, a barn at Alston Old Hall Farm could be repurposed as five homes. A similar plan has already been rejected by the council and in a subsequent appeal.

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