A derelict town centre pub is set to be transformed under new plans.
The former Duke of Wellington pub on Abbey Street, Accrington, which dates back to the late 19th century, has been earmarked for a change of use and refurbishment.
A planning application to Hyndburn Council from Festival Properties Ltd proposes to use the ground floor for retail use with a self-contained flat on the first floor.
Natalie Paintin, who helps run the Black Horse Food Emporium opposite, said it would be ‘great’ to see the building brought back into use.
She said: “A few people thought we were a bit mad turning this old pub into what we have and it has worked for us.
“It would be great to see an empty place turned into something and it’s great to see Abbey Street and others nearby doing well. It’s a fantastic opportunity for somebody and it’s a fantastic building with a lot of history”.
The planning proposals will also see remedial works carried out to improve its appearance.
A statement submitted to the council from Sunderland Peacock Architects, on behalf of the applicant, said it is in ‘dire need’ of repair.
They said: “The building is in a poor and dilapidated state, both externally and internally, and is in need of redevelopment and re-use.
“This appraisal has identified that the proposed works can only aim to have a positive impact on the appearance of the building and its contribution to the local area.”