JWPC Case Studies

Case Study - Conversion of village pub to homes

Case Study - Conversion of village pub to homes

New life for New Inn at Wray

JWPC has helped ensure that a Grade II-listed 18th-century pub, in danger of falling into disrepair, will have a new lease of life as dwellings. 

The New Inn, on Hornby Road in Wray, closed in October 2012 and has remained empty ever since. But following successful applications for planning and listed building consent, the inn is set to be transformed into residential accommodation which will conserve the appearance of the building, a landmark in this picturesque Lune Valley village.  New Inn

Local pressures for the former pub to retain its commercial hospitality use resulted in the refusal of applications to turn it into housing. However, JWPC demonstrated that a genuine and sustained search for a new pub / restaurant owner had proved fruitless. The submission of a detailed marketing statement to Lancaster City Council highlighted concerns about the viability of two pubs in the small village and the level of passing trade.

The plan is for the pub to be converted into three terraced houses, one two-bedroom and two three-bedroom.  Each of the new homes will have its own private garden, and parking will be provided in the former inn car park across the road. JWPC advised on how the proposed alterations to the building would respect the character of the listed building, whilst securing a profitable return for the owner.

At JWPC we were proud to have helped ensure the pub will continue to have a useful life and be a heritage asset in Wray. 

The New Inn dates back to 1775 and the original owner was Francis C Smith who, with his wife Catherine, had six children recorded in the Melling parish register.

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