Pub to homes plan scrapped

Silverdale residents who are concerned about plans for the former Royal Hotel in the cntre of the village.
Silverdale residents who are concerned about plans for the former Royal Hotel in the cntre of the village.
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PLANS to convert a Silverdale pub into new homes have been scrapped following a public outcry.

Brothers Michael and Roger Holgate, of Holgates Holiday Parks, applied for planning permission to turn The Royal Hotel, in Emesgate Lane, into two semi detached houses with another two semis to be built alongside.

But following opposition from Silverdale residents, who would like to see the pub re-opened as a Freehouse, they have now withdrawn the applicaton.

Michael Holgate said: “In light of local feeling, we have decided to withdraw this application and review our position further.”

Low sales forced the former owners, Enterprise Inns, to close the pub in 2010, leaving the building and grounds empty and it has since become neglected and run down.

County coun Sarah Fishwick said the main concern in Silverdale was the change of use of the building, which has been a coaching inn at the centre of the village for around 300 years.

“It’s going to be difficult,” she said before Michael Holgate announced he would be withdrawing the application on Wednesday.

“The site has always been a communal car park for the village, and those meeting for coffee mornings in the village centre, or driving to the shops, are going to find things difficult.

“It’s another nail in the coffin for the centre going out of the village.”

Initially, Michael Holgate, who bought the site last year, said that The Royal’s future as a pub was “simply not viable”, and that “residential development was the only option left”.

It is unclear whether attempts will now be made to ressurrect the Royal Hotel as a pub.

Silverdale ward coun Kathleen Graham said: “I’m very pleased, particularly with the depth of feeling expressed at a parish council meeting a few days ago.

“People want it to be kept as a public house.

“I’m pleased that the Holgates have decided on this course of action.”