NEW tenants are being sought for part of landmark complex in Ramsbottom.

Work is currently underway, on behalf of the IFA Group, to convert the historic Grant Arms, at Market Place, into offices.

The grade II listed hotel, which dates back to 1780, was declared an asset of community value. And then IFA, a Bolton-based financial services group, secured planning permission for the offices conversion, dividing opinion in the town.

Property agents Nolan Redshaw say the rear block is still available and could be transformed into more offices, a restaurant or a surgery.

The premises, formerly known as Gilberts, has its own dedicated entrance and is over two floors.

The former pub was vacant for more than 12 months and supporters of the Grant Arms redevelopment insisted a pub or hotel was not viable at that location any more.

Ramsbottom Heritage Society insisted the venue, which has a blue plaque dedicated to Daniel and William Grant, the inspiration for the Cheeryble Brothers in Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby, should be retained for community use.