A NEW tapas and wine bar could be coming to a Ribble Valley town if plans are given the green light.

Thomas Mather has submitted an application to transform the former Nooshoes shoe shop on King Street in Clitheroe into a bar.

In the planning application it says Corto will be a ‘European-style wine bar and craft beer bar specialising in artisanal products with a local focus and small snack plates’.

The bar would be open between Sunday to Thursday between 11am and 10pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm.

The application said: “The proposals put forward include change of use of the ground floor and mezzanine levels of 36 King Street from a shop to eating and drinking establishment.

“The current proposals do not include any external alterations to the building and will not therefore result in the loss of any architectural detailing including historic windows, doors or the shopfront.

“The proposed use of the premises as an independent bar providing food and drink will enhance the economic vitality of the Clitheroe Town Centre, whilst continuing to sustain the significance of the historic townscape.

“The site is not considered to be within the setting of any of the listed buildings within Clitheroe Town Centre, and will continue to preserve the setting of King Street and the wider conservation area.”

Kevin Horkin, who owns a number of businesses in Clitheroe, said: “I think it is very positive news and there are plans for a micro-brewery nearby.

“Our high streets are changing and we have got to embrace anything that will bring people into the town.

“I know it is difficult with COVID but things that are going to improve hospitality where people can meet each other is great.”