Plans to convert of a former pub into an eight bed shared house have received dozens of objections.

A developer wishes to convert the Spread Eagle on Manchester Road in Kearsley into a house of multiple occupancy (HMO).

The pub, which prior to closure was described as "a traditional local pub in the heart of Kearsley", closed its doors after the pandemic.

Ahead of the matter being decided on Thursday at Bolton’s planning committee, a report has been published by council officers.

They said that in terms of the loss of the pub, the community will continue to be served by the Moss Rose and the Unity Brook Inn which are all within half a mile of the site.

A total of 42 objections have been received from the local community and former councillor for Kearsley, Paul Heslop, requested the application be heard by planning committee due to the impact on parking.

The plans have been recommended for approval by planning officers who said the proposal meets space standards set out in the council’s HMO guidance.

The report added: “The proposal will create a form of lower cost housing which will meet a particular need, thereby making a small but positive contribution to the number of households and mix of housing available.”

Among the objections were that the plans were "out of keeping with the character of the area" and that there was an "oversupply of HMOs".

Others said the proposals had inadequate parking provision, that the change would create noise nuisance and put strain on existing community facilities.

The Spread Eagle premises have recently been marketed widely as a pub with three-bedroom living quarters.

The marketing invited offers in the region of £195,000.

A description of the property on the Rightmove site, said: ”A brick built end of terrace property being fully rendered and painted to all elevations under a pitched tile roof.

"The Spread Eagle has two entrances. The bar is on the back wall and is large and imposing.

"The pub is an open plan lounge with comfy seating throughout.

“The Spread Eagle has a semi-modern feel, having been fully refurbished in 2016.

"It has a designated games area for both pool and darts enthusiasts.

"It has a pleasant rear yard area which has several benches, this proves very popular when the sun shines and doubles up as a smoking solution.

"Externally the Spread Eagle has a good kerb appeal.

“The private accommodation is located on the first floor of the pub and can be accessed through the main bar area via a private entrance.

"The first floor accommodation consists of a lounge, bathroom, kitchen, three bedrooms and various hallways.”