A well-known pub in the centre of a Derbyshire town, which closed towards the end of last year, could be turned into offices.
Amber Valley Borough Council has received a planning application for changing the use of The White Swan, in Belper’s Market Place.
According to the application, the pub closed shortly before Christmas last year after it became “unprofitable”.
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Since then, the building has been marketed for sale or rent but attracted little interest in terms of running the pub as a going concern.
Now, the pub, which had been leased to Marston’s up until its closure, could be set to be given a new lease of life as offices.
In planning documents submitted to the borough council by Green 2K Design, on behalf of the applicant, the building is “run down and in need of attention”.
It argues that an alternative use would optimise its viability and act as catalyst for repairs that would secure its long-term future.
According to the planning application the pub closed before Christmas last year
It said: “The appearance of the building will remain the same and while the loss of the public house is regrettable the proposed use will provide office facilities in an accessible and sustainable location – and will add to the broad mix of uses which contribute to the vitality and viability of a successful town centre.
“The building is run down and in need of attention. The development involves only internal alterations and where necessary repair or replacement of the existing windows.”
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The White Swan is one of a number of public houses within the town centre.
The planning application argues that the loss of the building as a pub is mitigated by the fact that there are several pubs already in Belper. For example, another pub called The Black Swan, is just a short distance away.
The application said: “The proposed use will inject new economic life into the building and help to secure its long-term retention for the enjoyment of future generations.”
Source: Derby Telegraph