THE regeneration of one of the borough’s oldest most historic corners could continue apace - thanks to an expanding dental practice.

Work is still ongoing to transform the former Grant Arms, in Ramsbottom’s Market Place, into a headquarters for the Bolton-based IFA Group.

And now Manchester Dental Practice, which has been trading nearby since converting 6-8 Market Place into a surgery in 2014, is looking to further develop the location.

Proposals have been lodged with Bury Council to convert the first floor into two further surgeries, with medics saying that Ramsbottom needs the extra provision.

The building itself, which is grade II listed and forms part of the Ramsbottom Conservation Area, was home to the Wensley Gallery for more than 20 years.

Matthew Cust, planning agent, of Stalybridge-based MAHE Architecture, said there was “high demand” for such a service in Ramsbottom.

He added: “The client is to provide additional dental surgeries and a high quality proposal whilst being true to the building and its footprint, current practise and layout whilst still maintaining the traditional character and architectural elements.

“The building only requires minimal adaption and refurbishment to allow a high quality service that is required in the local area.”

Some internal remodelling work will be required but the building was subject to an extensive makeover when the surgery first arrived there.

Planning permission was secured last year to overhaul the former Grants Arms, which dates back to 1780 and has links with businessmen Daniel and William Grant, said to be the models for the Cheerbyle Brothers in Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby.

Property agents have also been attempting to secure tenants for the former Gilberts premises, to the rear of the old pub and hotel complex.

The most likely use for the block is either as offices, a standalone restaurant or a surgery.