A Ribble Valley pub is looking to continue its transformation having submitted a planning application for three guest bedrooms.

The Black Bull Inn in Old Langho was taken over five years ago in a “dilapidated” state, according to the applicant, but has been transformed into a thriving business once again having been bought from Marston’s PLC last year.

This has instigated the planning application to change the use of three rooms in the pub into guest accommodation, diversifying the space.

Lancashire Telegraph: The Black Bull InnThe Black Bull Inn (Image: Peter Hitchen Architects)

As part of the same application, it is proposed to turn the temporary car park into a permanent one.

A design and access statement said: “The existing two-storey building has been the subject of extensions and alterations over the years at the rear and side where the kitchen and storage areas are located.

“The Black Bull Inn is a long-established public house and restaurant. The building sits within its own large plot with associated parking at the front and rear. There is a large beer garden at the rear. The existing building comprises a bar area, lounges, dining space, kitchen and storage areas. The upper floor is currently private and has an established residential use.

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“The proposal will not affect the physical appearance of the building as the work to create the guest bedrooms is internal only. The existing windows will be replaced with new timber windows only.

“The proposed car park area will provide a permanent parking area and ensure that the impact of car parking on the highway due to the regular use of the pub is removed.”

In a business statement, the applicants said: “The Black Bull now employs 27 members of staff and is on target to turn over £1.7m this year, which is a substantial difference from the £300k per annum trade it had when we took over.

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“We already contribute positively to the local economy and we believe that the proposed new guest rooms and parking area will demonstrate that we are looking to further develop the site.

“Given the difficulties hospitality businesses continue to face, this proposal is absolutely necessary to profitable survival and to continue with the current level of employment and trade.”

To read the plans in full and to leave a comment, visit the council’s planning website.