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.
“The buildings are on one of the main roads into the village and doesn’t give people a good impression to visitors of the village.”
In the accompanying report to Chorley Council, it described the premises as a ‘deteriorating eyesore’.
Coun Iddon believes it will bring other benefits to the area.
He said: “There will be plenty of employment opportunities and that will be a boost for the community.”
Sue Lace, of Stocks Hall Care Homes, said: “We have had very constructive discussions with the planning department at Chorley Council.
“There was also an exhibition for the local community to view the plans and we received some very positive feedback.
“I think they have seen that we are giving something back to the area with a leisure facility.
“We can see that this is an eyesore and we think our plans will be good for the public.”