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A vacant pub on the corner of Grane Road could be turned into offices

A request has been submitted to the town hall to transform a former pub into offices.

Businessman Omar Juma, of Transact Investment Ltd, submitted plans to Rossendale Borough Council in February, seeking permission to convert the former Bay Horse Pub on Helmshore Road, Haslingden, into offices and parking.

Plans include land to the rear of the property which overlooks Grane Road.

The Bay Horse was last used as a pub owned by Thwaites Brewery and consists of a bar, cellar and first floor en-suite bedrooms.

There is also an attic which has been used for storage and has full stair access.

The Bay Horse ceased to be a pub about two years ago and stood empty until 15 months ago when it was purchased for development.

The application states that an area overgrown with mature sycamores to the rear of the pub would be used for parking and office recreation, with the building suitable for conversion into small offices.

It reads: “The exterior elevation will not change. The prominent building will therefore retain the street frontages and street scene.”

A 2015 Bay Horse street scene

Access to the building is offered from Helmshore Road and rear access from the ramp and courtyard car park.

The press release continues: “The site is offered in the form of managed offices with a receptionist. These offices will be administered and supervised.

“These offices are not intended to be shop units, but rather computerized administration and outreach services.

“CCTV will be installed in reception and common areas and overlooking the rear car park.”

A decision will be made on the request in due course.