Landmark pub will make way for shops and homes

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A LANDMARK pub will be replaced with shops and homes — despite the plan being refused three times by Bolton Council.

A planning inspector has approved plans to bulldoze the iconic Greenwood Arms in Horwich to make way for 13 homes and three commercial units, including apartments and shops.

Bolton Council had thrown out the application three times in less than 12 months, but after the last refusal in May, the applicant’s planning consultant, Bolton-based Sedgwick Associates, decided to appeal the decision.

On December 5, they discovered that the appeal had been upheld.

Paul Sedgwick, principal of Sedgwick Associates, said it had been pleasing to get the application passed.

“It gives a clear future action for the site. It has been an eyesore in Horwich for far too long,” he added.

The plans describe three shop units, including a Spar, with apartments above, lining Chorley New Road.

They also include 13 homes, to be built on the former bowling green at the rear of the public house.

The decision comes after vandalism and numerous arson attacks have left the building in a dilapidated state.

In just one week in July, three fires were deliberately started in the pub, including one which took 25 firefighters three hours to extinguish and gutted the inside of the building.

The Greenwood Action Group had called for the pub, which dates back to 1899, to be restored to its former glory and re-opened.

They said they were saddened by the decision.

Campaigner Roy Greenhalgh said: “The Greenwood Action Group held a dignified campaign in order to stop the development because we don’t think that is what Horwich needs, especially with traffic conditions.

“At least we managed to get the plans rejected three times, but unfortunately it went to the planning inspector in Bristol.

“Obviously the decision was not made on localism and it wasn’t made with a view to save the pub.”

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10:59am Mon 31 Dec 12

atlas123 says...

Thank god for that...

Get this dump pulled down. If there was a need for a pub and it was used with any regularity it would still be open and thriving.

Now, can i buy a house there please?
Thank god for that... Get this dump pulled down. If there was a need for a pub and it was used with any regularity it would still be open and thriving. Now, can i buy a house there please? atlas123
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1:41pm Mon 31 Dec 12

macauley says...

has the insurance paid out then.?
has the insurance paid out then.? macauley
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2:32pm Mon 31 Dec 12

billyexpat says...

A planning inspector has approved plans to bulldoze the iconic Greenwood Arms in Horwich to make way for 13 homes and three commercial units, including apartments and shops.

Passed through last week why not bulldoze the whole place Horwich is a mess. The Greenwood Arms was one of the few buildings of character left in burglars paradise and who would want to buy a house there.
A planning inspector has approved plans to bulldoze the iconic Greenwood Arms in Horwich to make way for 13 homes and three commercial units, including apartments and shops. Passed through last week why not bulldoze the whole place Horwich is a mess. The Greenwood Arms was one of the few buildings of character left in burglars paradise and who would want to buy a house there. billyexpat
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2:51pm Mon 31 Dec 12

M J P Smith says...

The Greenwood was indeed a den of iniquity, inhabited by cretins, buffoons and ne'er-do-wells. Good riddance!
The Greenwood was indeed a den of iniquity, inhabited by cretins, buffoons and ne'er-do-wells. Good riddance! M J P Smith
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3:27pm Mon 31 Dec 12

atlas123 says...

Billy Expat

About 13 people/couples/famil
ies...

There is limits to what can be done with existing buildings... take the old club at the end of Winter-Hey Lane and Chorley New Road... The apartments never sold. But i suspect had the building been dozed and rebuild they would have sold better.
Billy Expat About 13 people/couples/famil ies... There is limits to what can be done with existing buildings... take the old club at the end of Winter-Hey Lane and Chorley New Road... The apartments never sold. But i suspect had the building been dozed and rebuild they would have sold better. atlas123
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