A FORMER fishery with planning permission to be turned into a multi-million leisure park is up for sale.

In 2015, Ribble Valley Council granted permission for Pendle View Fisheries to be converted into a leisure park with 19 lodges, 11 woodland lodges, ten cabins and an extension to the existing building to become a restaurant, public house and manager’s accommodation.

But the Barrow development was never completed and the site, owned by Lodge Inns (Pendle) Ltd, was taken on under receivership last month and is now up for sale.

Now land agents Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has brought the site just outside Clitheroe town to market, with approved planning permission for a change of use to a leisure park.

Pendle View Fisheries, which is being sold on behalf of Joint Law of Property Act Receivers, extends to 19.38 acres, comprising an eight-acre main lake, a 1.25-acre coarse lake, a two-storey detached former café and office building and extensive land.

The site is situated in the heart of the Ribble Valley, two miles south of Clitheroe.

Robert Gann, surveyor at Lambert Smith Hampton, said: “Pendle View Fisheries provides an excellent opportunity to create an outstanding new leisure park in a popular, scenic area.

“As the UK tourism industry continues to grow, we expect high levels of interest in the development.”

Built between 1843 and 1893, the fishery was a supplementary reservoir to what became the Whalley Abbey Print Works.

It closed in 1930 and remained empty until it was used and re-opened by the army during the Second World War.

A second closure followed in 1972 and the site was later re-developed as a fisheries which became popular with anglers.