Town centre pub to be converted into flats

Cattle Market. (s)
Cattle Market. (s)

Plans to convert one of Burnley’s Victorian pubs into apartments have been given the go-ahead by planning officers.

The council has approved an application to turn the Cattle Market in Parker Lane, which closed last July, into six flats.

Planning agent Matt Wyatt of JWPC Ltd, who handled the application, said: “We’re very pleased to have helped safeguard the future of this historic town centre building.

“The Cattle Market has been a fixture of Burnley town centre for decades, originally named after the busy livestock market which was held on the land where the magistrates’ court now stands.

“The pub was popular with locals and farmers, and also with fairgoers when Burnley Fair was held on the cattle market site. In more recent times the pub became a favourite for solicitors and police officers who worked across the road.

“However, over the years it’s become isolated from the pub and bars on Manchester Road, Hargreaves Street and Hammerton Street and after it closed the owners were unable to find anyone to take it on as a going concern. The worry then was that it would fall into dereliction – a number of first-floor windows were soon broken – so we’re pleased that plans to breathe new life into the building have been approved.”

The conversion of the building, which is within the town centre conservation area, will retain the pub’s exterior appearance and provide six one-bedroom flats on the ground and first floors.

Two will have entrances off the street and the remaining four will be reached by a central lobby in the back yard.

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