Work which has been carried out in and around Longridge’s Dog Inn over the winter has raised questions as to what is happening on the site.
This week there are answers in a planning application to Ribble Valley Borough Council for a change of use of the pub’s upper floors to five one-bedroom apartments.
The applicant has also applied for the provision of parking to the rear, the removal of an external escape stair and rear porch, and re-opening the tap room entrance to the property.
The applicant is Ben Lee of Longridge firm NGJ Holdings Ltd.
The application states that the work is “to ensure the long term future of a popular inn which over the years has suffered mixed fortunes”.
Both the building and its land were first bought last year by developer Stan Ainsworth, who then sold the pub to Mr Lee.
Mr Ainsworth has retained the land – formerly a bowling green with stone viewing areas – for which, he told The News, he is to apply for outline planning permission “in two or three weeks” for 26 two-bed apartments.
In the application for the inn, its description as having townscape merit, being a ‘focal building as referenced in the Longridge Conservation Area’ and ‘commanding a notable long view’ down Berry Lane, adds that it was built in 1913 to replace the original pub.
The proposal is to re-invigorate a Longridge asset and “the applicant (born locally and a long term resident...) has ambitions to make this a proud building again.”