A second attempt has been made to convert the former Royal British Legion in Longridge into apartments.

The club closed its doors in 2018 after a decline in trade and has remained vacant ever since.

An application to build 13 apartments on the site of the building was made in 2020 but was refused in November 2021 due to its scale and lack of provision for disabled parking.

A new application has now been submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council for 12 apartments for residents aged 55 and over, as well as the demolition of the old social club.

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The planning statement says the resubmission is deemed to address the identified issues with regard to both disabled parking and for service and delivery vehicles.

The statement said: “The proposed development is for the erection of 12 apartments, which will be made available exclusively to retirement living, with an associated courtyard area, involving the demolition of the former British Legion Club in Towneley Road.

“The proposed apartments are to be a mic of one and two-bedroom units. It is considered the proposed housing mix offers a range of accommodation types and sizes, which will appeal to over-55s.

“The ground floor contains four flats in total, comprising three two-bedroom flats and one one-bedroom. The first floor comprises five flats with three two-bedroom and two one-bedroom. Finally, the third floor contains three two-bedroom flats.

“The revised proposals now incorporate private on-site parking, which includes a disabled parking bay, a car parking bay, and a delivery/servicing bay, facilitated through the removal of one of the apartments provided at the ground floor within the previous application.

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“The development will provide ample space to store bins with access provided for all residents.

“The site has been designed in a sensitive way, being sympathetic to the locality, while increasing the visual interest of the site as a whole.”

To comment on the plans and to see them in full, visit the council’s planning website.