A NEW apartment block could be built on the former site of a landmark Runcorn pub.

A planning application has been submitted to build a two storey building consisting of 16, one bedroom apartments on the former site of The Croft on Halton Lodge Avenue.

The pub was built as part of the Halton Lodge new town estate but closed in 2014. It was badly damaged after being torched in a suspected arson attack in 2020 before eventually being bulldozed.  The vacant site was auctioned off in 2020 for £200,000. Plans had previously been submitted for assisted living apartments.

The new proposals include 16 car parking spaces, communal outdoor area, secure bin and cycle storage.

A design and access statement submitted in support of the plans, said: “As (it) currently stands, the site has little contribution to the local area due to current poor quality environment and urgently requires development to liven the neighbouring surroundings and site.”

It added: “The site has few areas which the proposal will look to tackle and solve these issues. Some include such as poor condition of the site and unpleasant look, the proximity of existing building and height of the surrounding buildings.

“The proposal will aim to provide a better residential development with the aim of creating a better street scape and introduce a sense of place within the close vicinity.”

Halton Borough Council  previously had a freehold interest in The Croft which it inherited from Runcorn Development Corporation and brewery.

The statement added: “The proposal makes an improved and respectful contribution to the exiting street scape and neighbouring context. The design and access statement has demonstrated the proposed residential development with the content that it will bring to the site.

"The proposal intends to create a high quality residential environment integrating with the wider community. It also provides vehicular access and amenity space for residents.”

No date has yet been set for a decision.