SCALED-back plans have been lodged to partly demolish and convert a former town centre pub into flats and takeaways.

Plans for The Albion pub on Moor Lane in Bolton include 10 flats and space for hot food businesses at the ground floor.

Last year, proposals for 16 flats at the site, which also included a ‘drinking establishment’, were rejected by Bolton Council which stated its ‘over-intensive nature and lack of consideration of the relationship between the residential and commercial’ as a reason.

The applicant appealed to the Planning Inspectorate which also turned down the plans.

The revised scheme, lodged on Monday, from Bradford-based applicant PH Holdings, said: “A revised scheme has been prepared which seeks to address the matters raised by the council and the Planning Inspectorate.

“It is still proposed to deliver a mixed-use proposal which comprises new residential units and hot food takeaways.

“The number of residential units has been reduced from 16 to 10, the roof form of the proposed building has been changed from a flat roof to a pitched roof, the proposals to include a drinking establishment have been removed and more sensitive materials are proposed to match the local vernacular.

“The reduction in the number of residential units has enabled the internal space of the units to be increased.

“The mix of units will be six studio apartments and four one-bed units.

“The proposal now includes two hot food takeaway units, rather than a single takeaway and a drinking establishment.”

The Albion, which was part of Bolton’s town centre circuit for generations of drinkers, closed in April 2019 and the application describes the building’s current status as ‘derelict’.

Last week, Bolton Council approved a much larger planning application to build four blocks containing more than 150 flats and public green space on the former Moor Lane bus station site opposite the pub site.