BOWLERS, allotment holders and pub regulars have started a campaign in order to save the Blackburne Arms.

The Orford Green pub, which dates back to the 1930s, is set to be demolished and replaced with 63 retirement apartments and two bungalows.

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The Blackburne Arms

But members of the neighbouring Orford War Memorial Recreation Club and nearby allotment holders are concerned that the scheme will result in the loss of their car park.

Access to the bowls club – formed in 1923 after Lord Blackburne gifted the land to the community – would also be restricted by the flats being built, while pub regulars are hoping to save their watering hole.

Club treasurer Ken Leigh said: "This proposal potentially negatively impacts on the local community and its recreational facilities.

"As trustees, our deeds state that we shall hold these premises in perpetuity as a recreation ground and bowling green for the use of the inhabitants of the parish of Orford.

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The deeds to the club

"This proposal is seen by our members as severely impacting on the future sustainability and running of this valuable local amenity, most notably the loss of our car parking facilities and accessibility – which would also impact on the surrounding area.

"We have had a provisional meeting with Cllr Mike Hannon, and he has offered his services in voicing our concerns.

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"There are also other groups opposed to the development, notably the nearby allotment owners and a group of customers from the Blackburne Arms who are also trying to voice their own concerns."

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Orford War Memorial Recreation Club

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An application for planning permission for the housing scheme – which would consist of two-bedroom bungalows, 35 one-bedroom apartments and 28 one-bedroom flats – has been submitted to Warrington Borough Council by Lane End Developments.

A consultation on the plans runs until Friday, May 3.