Character of Listed Building Preserved
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. Ironically, to change the whole building to a microbrewery (under Class B1 of the Use Classes Order) would have been allowed as ‘permitted development’, under which some changes can take place without planning permission.
However, because the applicants only wished to use part of the building for brewing, retaining the rest for agricultural use, full planning permission was required. They intended to continue to manage the adjacent farmland and re-use the by-products from the brewing process to feed stock. Despite being aware of the fall-back position and a prior approval, officers recommended refusal on the basis that it was an unsustainable location.
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.