A 19th century family-run pub could be knocked down to make way for houses.

Plans lodged with West Lancashire Borough Council could see the Corner House in Wrightington knocked down and replace by nine homes.

According to documents submitted with the application, the pub has been run at a loss in recent years and received only one offer while marketed for sale.

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Writing on behalf of applicant David Lawson, planning agent Daniel Hughes therefore argues the pub’s future is not viable.

In its place, Mr Lawson wants to build nine homes, of which four would be classed as “affordable” properties.

The pub has been run by the same family for more than a decade and hosts events and parties, serving locally sourced, freshly prepared food. It also boasts a beer garden, welcomes dogs and hosts a monthly car and bike meet on the first Sunday of every month.

However, the application says it has lost money in recent years and a marketing exercise generated just six views and one bid of £700,000, well below the £1million asking price.

If the application is approved, a secondary submission will be needed to determine the size and designs of the houses which will be located in a terrace facing Carr House Lance.

The application adds: “The five properties to the south of the site are to be sited on the area currently occupied by the Corner House pub, which is to be demolished as part of the proposed development.

“The four properties to the north of the site will be located on the area of the site currently occupied by the pub car park.”

West Lancashire Borough Council will decide whether or not to approve the application.

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