City centre faces surge of new flats

Church Street, Lancaster
Church Street, Lancaster

PLANS for four new student flat developments have been submitted to Lancaster City Council.

More than 40 students would be housed in the schemes, in the heart of Lancaster.

The applications have been welcomed by the Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce, which says student custom could help boost city centre businesses.

Ashby Properties want to convert three floors of a building in Sun Street into an 18-bed student block.

The four-storey end-of-terrace property at 26-28 Sun Street is a listed building, with the ground floor of number 26 occupied by Bistro 26, while the Sunbury Coffee House occupies number 28 at ground and part of the first-floor level.

It is proposed to create 18 single student study bedrooms on the first to third floors, with six on each floor.

Meanwhile, Mister Investment Group wants to change part of the former Masonic Temple in nearby Church Street to student accommodation.

The Grade II listed building was home to the masons for more than a century, but has been vacant since 2007 when they moved to Scotforth.

See the Lancaster Guardian (12-04-12) for full story.