An empty historic pub could be brought back into use under plans to transform into office space and build new industrial units.

The plans have been put forward for The Anchor Inn, on the corner of Eagle Street and Bury Old Road on the edge of the town centre towards Tonge Fold.

The pub has been abandoned since at least 2008 but a proposal put before Bolton Council is designed to create new business units in the area.

The Bolton News: The Anchor Inn could be redeveloped into a "co-working space"

A statement from Wellspace Architects said: “It will also propose the repurposing of the currently redundant Anchor Inn pub into B1 Co-working spaces across all floors, while preserving its external appearance to honour its historical significance within the area.”

The Bolton News: The plans also include four new industrial unitsThe plans also include four new industrial units (Image: Wellspace Architects)

It added: “Known for its thriving business community, the area plays a crucial role in bolstering Bolton's economic landscape.

“It is strategically positioned in close proximity to the town centre, making it easily accessible to residents and visitors alike.

“The employment area is characterised by a mix of modern industrial units, offices, and warehouses, all of which contribute to the diverse range of businesses that call Mill Hill home.

The Bolton News: The plans are being considered by Bolton Council The plans are being considered by Bolton Council (Image: Wellspace Architects)

“From small start-ups to well-established companies, the area caters to a wide array of industries, creating a dynamic and dynamic business ecosystem.”

The architects say they acknowledge that the old Anchor Inn stands out in the area thanks to its distinctive appearance but that their proposals aim to preserve the area’s heritage and character.

The pub can be found on maps of Bolton going all the way back to 1848.

Now the current scheme aims to build four “small scale” units that could accommodate smaller businesses.

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The Wellspace Architects statement said: “With its diverse range of businesses, excellent transport links, and community-oriented atmosphere, the area serves as a thriving hub for commerce, making it a vital asset to the wider Bolton region.”

It added: “By offering flexible options that can easily adapt to growing needs, these units will help ensure that business investment is retained within the area for the long term, rather than just the short term.

“Furthermore, creating a pleasant and positive environment naturally boosts productivity, thereby enhancing the economic value of this development.”

The plans were first put before Bolton Council in September this year and the authority will aim to decide whether or not to approve them by Wednesday December 27 this year.