Caution sounded over plans for historic pub

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PLANS to demolish a riverside pub which was ravaged by fire last year and build a house, cottage and cafe on the site are being challenged.

The 18th century Wardleys Hotel at the ancient Wardleys Creek port, near Hambleton, had been targeted by vandals since it closed in autumn 2010.

Owner Mr Terry Pederson who has described the pub as a “write-off” has submitted plans to knock the building down and construct a home, separate holiday cottage and cafe. But there have been objections, including from the Environment Agency and Natural England, who both say more information is needed about the project.

In a letter to Wyre Council Natural England adviser Hannah Booth voices concern about the impact of the plans on the water quality of the River Wyre and the wider area of the Morecambe Bay. The estuary is of international significance for wading birds and supports the largest area of ungrazed saltmarsh in North West England.

Ms Booth says Natural England wants to see data to assess the potential impact on the area. She says the footprint of the proposed house is extremely close to the salt marsh, which is part of the site of special scientific interest.

The Environment Agency has objected because it says insufficient information has been provided in the plans about on the impact on one of its easements in the area.

The hotel lies within the parish of Stalmine with Staynall. Stalmine Parish Council has given its backiing to the plans, saying they are an “appropriate development solution for this dilapidated development.” Officials of the nearby Wardleys Marine Yacht Club say they have no objections in principle, but have asked for foot access to the river for their members to be included as part of the plans.

The planning application, is available for inspection on Wyre Council’s website and at the civic centre, Poulton-le-Fylde. No date has yet been set by Wyre Council for a decision on the plans.