PLANS which seek to restore and reopen a popular village pub have been given the green light.

Proposals have been approved by Warrington Borough Council’s planning department to renovate the Fiddle I'th Bag Inn in Burtonwood.

The cherished drinking spot has ben closed for a number of years now and was the subject of an arson attack in March 2020

As a result of the fire, ‘extensive damage’ was caused to the building, with three fire engines attending and firefighters spending more than two hours tackling the blaze.

But the reopening of the Alder Lane pub looks to be a step closer, with plans suggesting the new applicant – a pub company called Trust Inns – wants to make it bigger and better than before.

Moreover, the reopening would create five full-time jobs, as well as 25 roles at part-time.

Plans were previously approved in May 2020, however revised proposals seek to extend the floor area of the old application by 50-square metres.

This means the footprint of the pub would increase the by half what it is currently, including an extension on the left of the building.

Firefighters were called to an arson fire at the pub in March 2020

Firefighters were called to an arson fire at the pub in March 2020

The new glazed extension will ‘improve the kerb appeal and aesthetic’ of the building from the roadside, while the increase in size will allow for a ‘more viable’ business.

Plans also seek to tarmac the car park and complete new white line painting to offer 61 spaces, including five for accessibility cars.

Documents submitted as part of the application state: “The development of this site will create a viable business that will support the local community by creating employment, and it will boost the economic development of the area.

“The current proposal is to open with a leading north west restaurant operator which currently has 10 sites offering Great Italian Food in a pub setting.

“With the creation of around 30 jobs as part of the development in the current climate, it can only be seen as a benefit to the area.

“The site has been a pillar of the community for many years, and we plan to develop the site in order for it to be reopened, as it is currently not safe to do so.

“We believe the improvements will be beneficial to both the local area and community.”