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Demolition in sight for fire damaged Boar’s Head

Posted on - 24th September, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Preston News, Pubs, Redevelopment
Boars Head on the A6 Pic: Google
Boars Head on the A6 Pic: Google

A fire damaged pub in Barton has been earmarked for demolition after a long running campaign by locals to save it.

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Barton NWL Properties Ltd want to pull down the building and build six new homes on the site, overlooking St Lawrence’s Church.

The Boar’s Head, in Garstang Road, has stood empty since it was closed down by owners Mitchell and Butler two years ago.

Since then, Barton Heritage Group has campaigned to save the pub, on the grounds it brings value to the community.

In 2016 Preston City Council agreed to list The Boar’s Head as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) to allow interested parties the chance to buy the pub and develop it for community use.

Read more: Boars Head pub looks set to be saved once again

However no agreement has been made and faced with increased deterioration to the building – including lead thefts from the roof, water damage and rot – the council de-listed the pub.

In July fire crews were called to the pub as flames tore through the building.

Barton NWL Properties Ltd have now submitted a new application to demolish the building to make way for new housing after failing to come to any other agreement on the site.

Preston City Council’s planing committee will consider the application.

To comment on the application visit Preston City Council’s Planning Portal.

What do you think of plans to demolish the Boar’s Head? Let us know in the comments section.

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