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Developer urged to “walk away” from pub housing scheme

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save the historic Raven Inn at Glazebury have appealed to the developer to “walk away” from the scheme.
They want to see the building preserved as a community asset – not re-developed for housing purposes.
Originally developers Osborne put in plans to demolish the black-and-white building and build 10 houses on the site.
But they withdrew the proposal after an uproar from local residents.
But the campaign group are still concerned about the loss of local heritage.
Spokesman Peter Sturman said “We were expecting the developers to withdraw the current application, after what they said towards the end of February. We are now expecting an amended application, which we await with interest.
“We need to see what comes forward, but we are mindful of what the developer said last month : ‘It is our intention (subject to planning of course) to convert The Raven into two residential units and keep the front and side elevations as far as possible in the original form’
“But the history and heritage of the Raven is in the entire building, not just two external walls, at best.
“On the information available to us, at best, we get a facade concealing two additional dwellings. We do need to wait and see.
“In the meantime we urge the developer to please consider walking away from this venture and allow the local community to preserve the entire building for the benefit of the local community. “

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