Cheers to the future for historic former pub

The former Plane Tree Hotel, Peter Stawicki
The former Plane Tree Hotel, Peter Stawicki

Another of Burnley's historic former pubs is set to have a new future.

The Plane Tree Hotel in Westgate has been closed for several years, but is currently being renovated with a view to transforming it into apartments.

The Grade II listed pub, one of Burnley's most recognisable buildings, has been in disrepair for sometime, but could soon have a whole new look.

Built as a house in the early 19th Century by Mr William Hopwood, the building won Burnley Civic Trust's Most Improved Building in the late 1980s.

It was put on the market in 1999 with an asking price of £200,000 but was shut down in 2004 and stripped of its temporary licence following police objections.