Homes loom in Chorley as bulldozers set their sights on The Hop Pocket pub

A once popular pub is set to the flattened as part of wider plans to  build new homes in Chorley.

Tuesday, 21st May 2019, 10:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st May 2019, 11:51 am
The Hop Pocket

The Hop Pocket in Carr Lane looks set to be demolished in the near future, with Chorley Council set to make a decision on it at tonight’s Development Control Committee meeting.

The committee has been recommended to approve the demolition plans, which also include plans for eight new three-storey homes; three semi-detached pairs and two detached, all with parking.

Documents from the council reveal that the pub has been empty since May 2018, with the former landlord moving to a different pub due to The Hop Pocket not being “financially viable”.

The Hop Pocket

It also notes: “The pub has not served the community for the last year as it has been closed and sold off by the brewery.

“There are a number of pubs within Chorley, with approximately 21 pubs within a one mile radius and two pubs being within 800 metres of the site.”

The plans, submitted by Manchester-based C&M Contractors, are set for approval which will include a Section 106 agreement, guaranteeing extra financial contributions towards provision for extra children as a result of new families moving in to the homes, which will be a mix of three and four bedrooms.

What that contribution will be remains unknown at this moment.