A pub has had plans approved to build a further 20 hotel bedrooms on its site, doubling their number of rooms.

The Bluebird Inn on Smithy Road, Balderstone, sent plans to Ribble Valley Borough Council in January to extend its number of rooms, thereby reducing the number of total car parking spaces.

Also approved among the plans was the building of a night manager bedroom in an extended hotel wing.

Lancashire Telegraph: The proposed site plan for the hotel extensionThe proposed site plan for the hotel extension (Image: Allison Pike)

A design and access statement submitted to the council said: “There are 20 existing bedrooms linked to the public house. The proposal creates 20 additional guest bedrooms and one night manager bedroom.

“This development includes two small, fenced timber linen compound spaces and a reduced-size service yard, as well as replacing an external storage container with an internal storage room.

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“The existing car park has 72 spaces including two disabled parking spaces and the proposed car park provides 59 parking spaces including three disabled parking spaces. We have also introduced six cycle parking spaces.

“The development layout similarly mirrors the existing 20-bedroom hotel wing using a linear typology, organising the bedrooms along a single corridor on both the ground and first floor.

“The existing bedrooms face northwest, therefore in order to prevent guests overlooking each other, the new bedrooms have the same orientation.

Lancashire Telegraph: The current car park at The Bluebird Inn holds 72 vehiclesThe current car park at The Bluebird Inn holds 72 vehicles (Image: Allison Pike)

“The design rationale is to match the existing materials and finishes. Using a combination of white render, painted timber window frames and grey slate pitched roofs. The white render finish with light teal fascia boards, window frames, and doors give the development a clean, sensitive appearance while supporting the local character.”

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The statement added inclusive design considerations had been considered which ensure the building has level access across the whole ground floor. Disabled sanitary facilities and bedrooms are also located on the ground floor.

The plans were approved by the council subject to various conditions such as the submission of further documents