Blackburn bar and barbershop plan for Uncle Jacks pub approved
Plans for a new bistro bar and hair salon in a former game day hangout for Blackburn Rovers fans have been passed.
In March, the Lancashire Telegraph reported that Mark Holden, owner of nearby plastering contractor Red Rose Dry Lining, had purchased the building and submitted an application for Uncle Jacks’ conversion and expansion to Lower Darwen.
The Branch Road pub was named after legendary Rovers owner the late Jack Walker, and closed in November 2018.
Now the council heads have approved the plans which have been well received by the councilors.
Cllr Denise Gee, who represents Lower Darwen, said: “This is great news as we don’t want to see any empty spots in Blackburn.
“They’re going to put it to multiple uses and it’s such a big building you can see it happening.
“It’s such a positive thing, a local business trying to bring back a sense of community.
“It was sad to see it empty and closed because it was symbolic with links to Jack Walker.
“At least it’s back in service and I can’t wait for it to open.”
Stephen Hughes, Licensee and Founder of Facebook Group Blackburn and Darwen Pubs (Past and Present), said: “It is exciting news that this local pub will reopen after being closed for two and a half years.
“There are so many pubs closing, so that’s positive.”
Mr. Holden was not available for comment.
In March, Mr Holden said: “We want the building to be used again and not fall into disrepair like it has in recent years.
“We want to give something back to the community,” he added.
The changes will allow the main central doors to serve a hairdressing and beauty salon and a hall to access the rented apartments on the first floor.
The entrance to the pub would be moved to the garden side.
The app said: “The ground floor will be redeveloped to provide a kitchen and disabled toilet with the new male and female toilets located in the basement.
“A glazed rear extension will provide additional kitchen space while providing additional dining space providing a better connection with the garden and the river.”
The artists’ impressions show that the bar could be renamed Jack’s.