Giving a new lease of life to a historic public house

Project overview

Client: J Townley Ltd
Location: Goosnargh, Preston
Sector: Sports and Leisure
Project status: Planning approved

Working on behalf of a local contractor, PWA Planning was brought in to advise on securing planning permission for new development that would also facilitate the reopening of an 18th century Lancashire pub.

What we did

The Ye Horns Inn, built in 1782, is a well-known public house in rural Lancashire but had been facing an uncertain future due to a changing hospitality sector and the limitations of the existing building.

Our client had acquired the property and we worked with them to bring forward proposals for a full refurbishment and extension that would enable it to become a thriving restaurant and a destination for events and functions.

Now known as The Horns Inn, it has been refurbished into a 100-seater restaurant and attracted the services of an acclaimed head chef to support its reopening in 2022.

As well as producing and managing the planning application, our team led pre-application discussions with the local planning authority and provided post submission support and advice on heritage issues to support enabling works.

Alongside the renovations to the pub and restaurant, a planning application has also been submitted for four new-build terraced cottages and four detached homes within the grounds of the inn.

What our client said

“The application at Ye Horns Inn required a detailed understanding of a number of technical development matters and Josh and the PWA Planning team brought that expertise to the table. They guided us on matters of both heritage and enabling works, whilst maintaining a regular dialogue with the council to ensure a positive outcome was reached. Their services were a key component in what is an exciting development for us and I thank them for all their involvement.”

Tom Townley

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