Plans submitted to transform former Smithy Manor pub site

Plans have been submitted to St Helens Borough Council to transform the former Smithy Manor pub into offices, a function suite and changing rooms for 5-a-side football teams.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 2:54 pm
Councillor John Wiseman has said it is great news for the community of Bold

A planning application to turn the site into housing was rejected in 2016 due to its location on greenbelt land.

But new plans could see the site transformed into a new office space and 5-a-side football pitches.

The submitted plans include converting the ground floor of the pub building into six offices, complete with a canteen and food prep area.

The ground floor also includes ladies and gents changing facilities for 5-a-side football, with an exit leading out on to the playing area.

The plans say the existing floodlights will be retained, with the grassy area beside the pub transformed into six artificial football pitches – four larger pitches taking up 30 by 18 metres and two junior pitches taking up 15 by 21 metres.

Enough bicycle parking for 12 bikes will also be available outside, along with 62 car parking spaces, six of which are for disabled users.

Upstairs will include a conference suite, retaining the original upstairs bar and adding a reception area for 5-a-side.

The first floor is complete with a small dwelling area featuring three bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen.

A perimeter fence will also be constructed around the site if plans are approved, along with 1.5 metre edge boards around the pitches.

Bold’s Labour Party representative, Coun John Wiseman, said: “This is great news for the community of Bold, and I look forward to working with the owners as well as the North West Miners Heritage Association, Mersey Forest and the rest of the community on this project.

“I am hoping this will create links with local community groups and schools including Sutton Manor Primary.”

The pub closed its doors for good in 2015. It originally opened in 1959 as the Sutton Manor Institute, financed by a Lancashire miners’ welfare grant.

In the late 80s it reopened as Smithy Manor under the Burtonwood Beers label.

Smithy Manor played host to Liverpudlian band Gerry and the Pacemakers on its reopening night.

A decision is expected on the plans by Wednesday, April 28.