Address: Hall Lane, Mawdesley
|Sketch by James Anderton of Mawdesley|
A derelict restaurant that was badly damaged by arsonists is set to be given a new lease of life as a care home. Plans have been submitted to demolish the former Mawdesley Eating House and Hotel on Hall Lane, in Mawdesley. Last August a blaze ripped apart the roof of one of the empty buildings and fears have been growing about youths climbing on the unsafe structure. Now Janet Dixon Town Planners Ltd have submitted plans to Chorley Council for the 0.85 hectare site on behalf of Stocks Hall Care Homes. The application includes renovating the main hotel, demolishing the other buildings and replacing them with a new-look two storey premises. If the care home plan is approved there will be 52 en-suite rooms available. Coun Keith Iddon, who represents the area on Chorley Council and lives on Bradshaw Lane in the village, said: “We have been very impressed by the professionalism of the developers when they held a consultation event to show off the plans. “Lots of people locally are quite pleased that it is going to be used for a care home. “We were worried that it could be another housing development and that the village would lose its identity if more homes are built here. “Instead, it will be nice to see something being finally done because the building has been vacant for a few years now and when they start work I think it will develop the landscape.
Thankfully the development went ahead and it is now the location for Stocks Hall.