Plans have gone in to demolish part of a former grade II listed pub and turn it into a three-bedroom house.

Mr John Kay Change wants to change the existing grade II listed Cross Gaits pub in Blacko into a house and then erect a second four-bedroom property on the existing carpark.

He also wants to demolish the rear pitched gable extension and rear flat roof extension of the pub due to the extensions being of “poor quality, non-original and are not required for the new proposed use of the building”.

The Cross Gaits, on Beverley Road, closed last year, and at the end of January the pub was listed as an Asset of Community Value.

In December, the tenants of the Cross Gaits, Adam Marshall and Peter Godwin said in a statement that their lease was coming to an end and the future of the pub looked uncertain.

Mr Marshall and Mr Godwin said they were “very sad” to announce the pub’s closure and said the brewery had taken the decision to sell the premises.

An application to list the pub as an Asset of Community Value was lodged with Pendle Council on January 5 by the parish council, stating that the Cross Gaits provided a local meeting point for the community, with social events and live entertainment which brought the people in the area together.

The pub was granted community value status on January 30, meaning the community had six months to decide what action to take going forward, which could include purchasing the pub from the brewery.

Despite their best efforts, the lodging of the application seems to suggest that any plans put forward by the community have been unsuccessful.

A planning statement submitted to Pendle Council reads: “The proposed development aims to restore The Cross Gaits Inn back to its original structure/ character.

“The three-chamber floor plan previously opened up when a public house will be reinstated.

“The modern extensions to the rear will be removed again to reinstate the original floor plan.

“Existing window openings will have new timber windows in a historical pattern as indicated.

“The current site layout of the new dwelling has approximately 75 per cent as hardstanding and the new dwelling is sited wholly on the hardstanding area.

“In this way any impact on the open countryside is limited. Vehicular access is via the existing car parking access.

“The four-bed, two storey property will use a palette of materials to complement the local vernacular but with a modern aesthetic in line with good design championed in the local plan.”

Mr Kay also lodged an application with the council for listed building consent and alterations to access.

Anyone wishing to comment on the plans should do so via Pendle Council’s website, or in writing, before July 24.