A 450-year-old village pub looks set to be saved from the bulldozer after residents joined forces to protect it.
Osborne and Co had submitted proposals to knock down the sixteenth century Raven Inn in Glazebury and build 10 houses on the land.
The plans sparked outrage from residents, who launched a campaign to save the site which closed as a pub last year.
And the bid to protect it suffered a major blow in January after an application to list the site was rejected.
However, residents in the area have received a letter confirming Osborne and Co has ‘accepted the views of the majority of objections’ and is ‘going to change the layout and include the Raven’ into the amended layout.
In the letter, chairman Michael Osborne adds: “We should be able (at great cost as the property is structurally very poor) to leave the visual impact of the building unchanged which should protect it forever.
“Obviously this will not satisfy those who wish it to remain as a pub but we are informed that the pub is not viable.
“We hope this satisfies the majority of the people and would be pleased if you feel able to offer some support to our revised scheme.”
The Help Save the Raven Inn group has responded to the letter.
In a statement, it says members remain committed to preserving ‘this fine example of sixteenth century architecture’ for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.
“As a group we are interested in developing the building into a social hub for the local community,” it adds.
“We shall reserve comment on the revisions to the developers plan until further details have been released.”
Despite the letter from the developer, some group members continue to have serious doubts over the future of the site.
Fraser Hampson, who grew up in Glazebury, said: “I think the only way the Raven will be truly saved is by a community buy-out and then to seek English Heritage to list the building once the relative surveys can be carried out.”
The public have been highlighting the prospect of nominating the land as an asset of community value and, possibly, turning it into a community hub.
An asset can be listed as one of community value if it can be demonstrated that its primary use furthers, or has recently furthered, the community’s ‘social wellbeing or social interests’ and is likely to continue doing so.
Nominating parties must have a local connection with the area and, therefore, the asset.