Permission has been granted to the pub company for “a complete and sympathetic” renovation of the White Bull in Gisburn, Lancashire following its third application and the intervention of local MP Nigel Evans, who raised the matter in the House of Commons.
The company closed the Grade II listed pub last November to carry out an interior revamp ahead of the search for a new tenant.
Ribble Valley Borough Council rejected an application in February and then June, but has now finally agreed to amended plans.
Star said it will spend £300,000 on the refurbishment while the new lessees will spend £80,000 on fixtures and fittings. The investment will be spent on more stylish and comfortable seating in the dining area, a new back bar, more attractive entrance from the car park and improvements to the pub’s six letting rooms and function room.
It added that the pub’s traditional slate and wooden floors, alcoves and large garden will all be retained.
Building work is set to begin next month while the pub is scheduled to re-open mid-November.
Chris Moore, property and strategy director of Star Pubs & Bars, said: “We’re delighted that building work can now commence on The White Bull at Gisburn and that it can be once again used by the community.
“We have worked closely with The Ribble Valley planning and conservation officers to ensure the pub retains its wonderful character whilst introducing changes to enable it to trade effectively and offer great food and accommodation as well as a wonderful venue for functions.
“I would like to thank the many people who have supported us over the months especially local MP, Nigel Evans and David Waters. I look forward to the pub re-opening and raising a celebratory pint.”