WORK on a historic former pub has led to questions being asked on its future.

Waterside Liberal Democrat Cllr Tony Greaves wants top know more about plans for Colne's Langroyd Hotel.

He has written to Pendle Council’s Planning Manager Neil Watson to ask what is happening at the Grade II listed premises.

Cllr Greaves is concerned at reports the hotel at the junction of Red Lane and Langroyd Road, is to be converted into apartments but no change of use planning permission has been applied for.

He also believed the new owner has not sought listed building consent for alterations, both inside and outside.

Councillor Greaves said: “Everyone wants to see the historic hall renovated to heritage standards and brought back into use but people need to go through the proper planning system and this does not seem to have taken place in this instance.

"There is a danger of a protracted dispute if inappropriate work takes place, at a cost to both the owners and the council.

“I hope it can all be resolved as quickly as possible.”

Joe Cooney, a former leader of Pendle Council and Conservative candidate for Colne's Vivary Bridge ward, on May 2, said: "I understand the works Cllr Greaves refers to are to secure the premises.

"I also understand the new owner is considering turning the former pub into apartments and is discussion with Pendle Council's planning department about applying for the necessary permissions."