Aug 29 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
A PLANNING application for the conversion of Mediterranean restaurant 'O'este' into a traditional pub has been submitted to West Lancashire Borough Council.
Historically, the building on Chapel Street was originally a pub called the Cricketer's Arms and the application made this summer outlines plans to revert the Ormskirk restaurant, which opened in May 2005, back into an English pub.
The application for planning permission specifies that the work to be done will be only “minor work” to the front and side of the building.
It will be completed in the traditional manner – using Georgian mouldings and no PVC windows so as to stay in keeping with surrounding buildings.
Though not a listed building in its own right, the planning application stresses that the proposed changes to the exterior of the property will not have a negative impact on the Chapel Street area.
The Conservation Area Statement says: “The proposals are compatible with the distinctions of a Georgian or later public house and will increase the visual prominence of the building which is necessary to promote trade.”
“A new two-storey bay window is proposed for the blank north wall, which will improve the appearance of the building and will incorporate a more traditional, long thin pub sign – doing away with the various temporary signs.”
The new owners, who already run the successful Lathom-based business The Ship pub, hope to re-establish the Ormskirk restaurant as a great British pub.
Ray McKinty, one of the new owners, said: “We're from the area and we love it. We've had our eye on the restaurant for a while and we're hoping to make it into a traditional, friendly pub serving good food.”
The planning application could take up to eight weeks to be dealt with, after which work will begin if it gets the go-ahead..
It is hoped the changes will not only change the use of the building, but also improve the site and be a valued contribution to Ormskirk town centre.