Historic Kirkham pub declared unviable and set for housing conversion

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The former Black Horse has been empty since March 2019

 

The former Black Horse pub in Kirkham
The former Black Horse pub in Kirkham

A 19th century pub which is considered “unviable” is to be converted to housing.

Fylde Council has approved plans which will see the former Black Horse pub in Kirkham converted into three apartments.

The pub’s history dates back to at least 1848, when it was first included on an OS map, but it has lay empty since closure in March 2019. The plans will also see extensions and outbuildings cleared and four semi-detached cottages built on the current car park.

According to estate agency Jenics, which handled the sale of the building, the Black Horse had struggled to operate in recent years and went through four landlords in as many years. It was listed for sale between March 2019 and August 2020 at a guide price of £225,000 plus VAT but no hard interest was found in the retaining its previous use.

Jenics stated: “During the marketing period there were 11 viewing parties, the majority of whom were looking at the site for alternate use. The premises attracted a small number of viewings of parties looking to use the premises for its existing use.

“The viewings did not however result in any formal offers.

“Reasons offered for the lack of interest included the level of investment required to improve facilities, particularly the ground floor kitchen area, which is not fit for catering purposes.”

It added: “It is our experience within the market that this type of venue would need to generate a net turnover of a minimum of £5,000 per week for it to be sustainable. Given the information provided by the pub company regarding barrelage and industry standards, we can demonstrate that The Blackhorse is not sustainable as a wet led community public house.”

With planning permission now granted, the long history of usage as a public house looks set to be over, with applicant LAB Property Developments now able to begin the conversion to housing.