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Future of former Victorian coach house becomes clearer

Posted on - 26th August, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - History, News, Parks, Penwortham, Redevelopment
One of the proposals for the former coach house
One of the proposals for the former coach house

A decision on what to do with a former Victorian coach house in Penwortham has moved a step closer.

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More than 100 people attended two consultation sessions on the future of Hurst Grange Park coach house.

A range of eight options were displayed by architects and the Friends of Hurst Grange Park Coach House group.

The option to convert the building into a tea room, cafe, meeting room and exhibition venue was comfortably the most popular of the proposals.

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A spokeswoman from the Friends group said: “We are now calling a meeting with the coach house owners South Ribble Borough Council to identify the best route forward for the project.

“We will also work out how best to involve the numbers of people expressing support for the Friend group.

“We hope this will provide long-term sustainability for both the coach house and the Friends.”

The consultation meetings were well attended - showing all the options for the building
The consultation meetings were well attended – showing all the options for the building

Funding for drawing up the proposals for the building has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Friends group is now hoping South Ribble Borough Council will launch a formal bid to the lottery to fund the restoration work.

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You can follow the progress of the Coach House via the Friends group Facebook page.

Did you go along to the consultation sessions? What do you think about the future of the building? Let us know in the comments below

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