A DEVELOPER wants to build a block of apartments on the site of a pub which was destroyed by severe flooding.

Plans have been submitted to Bury Council for the erection of a four-storey complex, comprising 17 apartments, on the former car park of The Waterside in Summerseat.

The pub, along with Kay Street Bridge, was partially washed away in the Boxing Day floods of December 2015, and was later demolished due to safety concerns.

The bridge reopened to pedestrians in March 2016, but the demolition of the pub left it with no permanent barrier on the upstream side, meaning it has remained closed to traffic ever since.

Planning permission to reconstruct the bridge was granted last summer, and the council says it expects it to be reopened later this year.

The application to build the apartments near to the bridge has been submitted by Mr Owais Khan, who owns the site, and would involve the creation of five one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom apartments, as 28 car parking spaces.

The site, which overlooks the River Irwell, is within the borough’s flood zone, and is considered to be at risk of flooding.

A flood risk assessment submitted along with the application concludes: “It is considered that the proposed development is at low/medium risk from all sources of flooding and that surface water as a result of development will have to be managed in accordance with current practices and guidance so as not to increase the risk of flooding at the site or downstream of the site.”

A public meeting to discuss the plans will be held at Summerseat Methodist Church Hall in Rowlands Road, from 7.15pm on Monday. Architects, councillors and a representative for Mr Khan have been invited to attend.