A planning application has been submitted to transform an abandoned 19th century police station in Barrowford, Lancashire into multifunctional office space.
“The former police station is a noteworthy building in Barrowford’s heritage and will provide a focal point within the townscape,” said a spokesperson.
“Its last use was for educational purposes. However, since it closed as a children’s educational facility over five years ago, it has been vacant and unused.
“The re-use of the building for office accommodation will encourage the use of the village’s amenities and shops by staff and facilitate the use of public transport.”
The stone building on Gisburn Road in Nelson was feared to become a target for vandalism following ten years of disuse but the two floors of empty space, kitchen and WC facilities and off-road parking could soon lead to reuse for local Lancashire businesses, as well as a potential dental surgery.
“As far as the parish council is concerned, it is good news that it may be brought into use,” Councillor John Pope, Chairman of the Parish Council has declared. “It has been a long time coming. It’s been empty for many years, so we are pleased somebody is making something of it.
“It is a very attractive building and is in a prominent location. It is such an important building in the town.”
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