One of Garstang’s historic buildings in the heart of town was reduced to rubble this week to make way for a new retail and home development.
Work is now underway to transform the 18th century Old Stables off the back of King’s Arms, High Street, into two retails units and first floor luxury apartments.
The controversial plans, lodged in 2010, had been heavily opposed by Garstang Town Council and heritage campaigners, who had wanted the derelict barn to be given ‘listed building’ status.
However, the bid was knocked back by English Heritage which said the old building did not fulfil the relevant criteria for the special status wanted by campaigners.
A report said the building dated from the 18th century rather than the 17th century as many in Garstang had believed.
The stables were described by English Heritage as “an extremely modest architectural composition that survives in a fragmentary condition.”
The dilapidated stables have stood empty for a number of years. The last businesses to be based there was an upholstery firm.
Mr David Walker, director of developers Landmark Developments, said when approval was first given for the project he had had a historical survey done on the building which had indicated it dated from the mid-1800s rather than the 17th century.
Developers say the new modern build will have traditional appeal with natural stone and slated roof to reflect the style of the former buildings.