Residents battling to save a 450-year-old village pub from being demolished have suffered a major blow after an application to list the site was rejected.
Osborne and Co has submitted proposals to knock down the sixteenth century Raven Inn in Glazebury and build 10 houses on the land.
But the plans have sparked outrage from residents, who launched a campaign to save the site which closed as a pub last year.
In documents submitted with the application, it is claimed that the ‘neglected and run-down pub’ cannot be developed and that housing would bring the land back into use.
The developer adds that retaining the historic building is not an option due to viability reasons.
An application to list the site was submitted to Historic England.
However, the Local Democracy Reporting Service can reveal that Jeremy Wright, secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, has decided not to add the Raven Inn to the list of protected sites at this time.
The council says the application is currently being assessed and ‘it is not yet known’ what the recommendation will be.
A spokesman added if the application is refused, it could be a delegated decision.
He also confirmed the authority would take any comments from Historic England into account, as well as the fact that the property is locally listed.
The council recognises many buildings of community interest – whether inside or outside a conservation area – as being locally listed.
These frequently include landmarks and buildings that would fail to meet the criteria for a statutory listing.