Company partner insists they aren’t leaving town

Yates Barnes solicitors
Yates Barnes solicitors
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Plans to convert a solicitors into housing will not affect business according to a partner in the company.

Susan Barnes, of Yates Barnes solicitors, quashed plans they could move despite a planning application being submitted against the St

Thomas’ Road, Chorley, building.

A planning application has been submitted to Chorley Council to transform the building into housing.

The application was made by Mrs Barnes.

However, despite submitting the application, Mrs Barnes insists they have no plans to convert the building.

She said: “We are still going to continue the business and we plan to for the foreseeable future.

“The application stands for three years and it is there as a back stop more than anything.

“There are a number of properties on the road that were formally houses and converted into offices.

The application would see a change of use from solicitors offices into residential property.

The property would retain the two car parking spaces that it currently has at the front of the building.

The company has traded in Chorley for more than 10 years.

Coun Ralph Snape, borough ward councillor for the area, said: “Solicitors seem to be moving out of the area at the moment.

“I actually welcome solicitors in the Southport Road and St Thomas’ Road area, instead of them moving out of the town.

“ Businesses of this kind have always been well known in the area and there was never any up for sale.

“But I’m glad they are deciding to stay in the area and they don’t plan to move.”