PLANS to demolish a former club and build 10 homes in its place have been granted permission.

Proposals were submitted seeking permission to bulldoze the former Haydock Catholic Club (also known as The Club) on Church Road, Haydock and create homes at the site.

Plans were submitted to the council by applicant Paul Bond in March.

The former club, until its closure, operated as a licensed entertainment venue and was a well-known feature of the community.

Resident expressed sadness to the news of the building's demolition after plans were submitted.

The plans sought permission to build three terraced houses, six semi-detached houses and one detached property, along with private driveways, gardens, associated parking and informal landscaping.

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A design and access statement, drawn up by planning consultants Lawrenson Associates, said: "The applicant considers that the proposed development will provide a good example in the re-use of previously developed land, which will contribute towards the borough housing stock without harming local residential amenity or highway safety.

"In particular the houses will be classed as affordable housing. Care has been taken to ensure this development reflects its position in the locality, along with the existing residential arrangements on all sides of the site."

It added: "As such, the applicant feels that there are no material planning reasons why this application should not be approved, subject to any reasonable conditions associated with this type of development."

In approving the plans, council planning officer Daley Parsonage said in a report: "The benefits of the scheme would include the redevelopment of a vacant brownfield site in the urban area site to provide 10 dwelling houses, providing a satisfactory living environment for the future occupiers.

"On balance it is considered that the proposal would deliver a sustainable form of development which would accord with paragraph 11 of the NPPF and relevant policies of the development plan."