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The new bar coming to Leyland town centre

Written by on June 8, 2020

A new watering hole could soon be available for punters out in Leyland for a drink or two post-lockdown.

Plans for a new bar in Chapel Brow have been given the green light, with Clayton-le-Woods businessman Michael Seddon behind the new project.

Once lockdown has been lifted and the business’ doors are open, punters will be able to enjoy a drink from midday until 11pm, Monday to Friday, midday until 12.30am on Saturdays, and midday until 11pm on Sundays.

The building had been known as fashion outlets Baluga Boutique on the ground floor and The Gentry Clothing on the first floor; two companies applicant Mr Seddon is an active director of.

Environmental Health officers had initially shown opposition to the plan, worried over the possibility of outdoor drinking.

They said: “Given the close proximity of residential properties to this proposed development, it is reasonably foreseeable that allowing patrons to consume alcohol outside the premises would be seriously detrimental to the amenities of nearby occupiers, by reason of noise arising from the use of the external areas of the premises.”

But as part of the plans going ahead, no external drinking areas can be brought to the site.

The new bar venture is set to create two full-time jobs.

The bar is set to take on the ground floor of the building, with plans for the first floor currently unknown.

Just how the bar will look also remains a mystery for now.

But indicative layout plans show that the bar area will be facing customers when they enter the building, with a toilet to the far right as you walk in.

South Ribble Borough Council planning officers gave the project the thumbs up last Friday (June 5), three months after it was lodged with the authority.