An abandoned 19th century village pub is set to be transformed into a grand home and vacation rental.
Business was last conducted at the Grade II listed Talbot Hotel in Chipping in 2004, with the building having been empty ever since.
Earlier this year a planning application was lodged with Ribble Valley Borough Council outlining a plan to demolish part of the building to turn it into a five-bedroom house, with a two-bed vacation rental to be developed in the old shed.
Planners, who will meet next week to discuss the proposal, have been asked to approve the scheme, which would also see the creation of three further houses in the pub’s former barn.
A letter of support has been received from a resident living in the village, with the parish council also saying in a statement they are in favor of the project – hoping the works will ‘improve the visual amenity of the area and prevent further deterioration of buildings”.
The planning documents read: “It is proposed to use the hotel as a five-bedroom dwelling and a two-bedroom vacation rental at the south end of the building in the last unit of the coach house.
“The barn is proposed for conversion into two three-bedroom dwellings and a two-bedroom dwelling house.”
The proposed development will retain the existing built form of both buildings with minimal external changes, particularly to the front, if approved.
Several previous planning requests have been filed, approved and not fulfilled over the past few years.
In conclusion, the planners said: “It is recognized that the proposal would not result in significant damage to the heritage asset and that there would be public benefits from retaining the buildings and the proposed new uses.
“Subject to conditions, the scheme would be acceptable in terms of the public interest and the importance and weight of the obligation of Section 66 of the Planning Act 1990 (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) .”
The picturesque village of Chipping, popular with walkers, is set in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has several pubs, cafes and independent shops.