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  • Turkish restaurant plan for Old Roan pub site collapses

    Tom Martin

    PLANS to turn the former Old Roan pub into a Turkish restaurant have collapsed – a little over a month after it was given the go-ahead.

    The Champion reported in early June how Sefton Council gave permission for Anar Turkish BBQ Restaurant to transform the closed-down pub, on Copy Lane, into a new eaterie.

    The plans have now been scrapped, however, and the building has been placed back on the market for £475,000.

    It will come as another blow to locals who want to see the dilapidated building turned back into an asset for the community.

    Hitchcock Wright & Partners, who have been tasked with selling the pub, say it now has an added benefit as the council's approval for it to be turned into a restaurant will stand for a new investor.

    John Barker from Hitchcock Wright & Partners, said: “The pub has been vacant for almost six years and the site is certainly in need of redevelopment.

    “It is in a very prominent position at the junction of Ormskirk Road and Copy Lane, and whilst there has been great interest, the last offer unfortunately fell through.

    “Now that it is back on the market, with the added benefit of planning permission, we envisage that it will be snapped up imminently.”

    This is the latest disappointment for residents, who remain desperate to see a much-needed revamp of the building.

    There have been a number of false dawns over the years when locals thought the former pub would be transformed, most recently when plans were submitted to turn the building into shops, but this proposal also fell through.

    Anar Turkish BBQ Restaurant had wanted to build an extension at the side of the pub to make room for 166 customer seats and create a car park

    The former pub extends to approximately 3,630 sq ft with outbuildings between 1,500 and 1,700 sq ft and has space for up to 30 cars.

    For any enquiries, contact John Barker at Hitchcock Wright & Partners on 0151 227 3400.

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