Decision time for pub flats

Greaves Hotel in Lancaster.
Greaves Hotel in Lancaster.

Controversial plans to turn a Lancaster pub into flats for the over 70s could be given the green light by the city council next week.

Residents living near the Greaves Hotel in Greaves Road have been fighting against the plans, which could see 54 ‘extra care’ apartments built on the site.

Together with YourLife Management Services Ltd, pub owners Mitchells of Lancaster want to convert the property into a purpose-built Assisted Living scheme.

Mitchells say the building is “no longer fit for purpose” and city council planners have recommended the scheme be approved by the planning committee on Monday.

The development would incorporate 34 one bedroom and 20 two bedroom units over five storeys, together with communal facilities including a residents’ lounge, function room, restaurant/kitchen, laundry, staff accommodation, refuse, cycle and scooter storage.

This is a specialist form of accommodation designed to provide independent living for the frail elderly with day to day care in the form of domestic assistance, personal care and lifestyle support tailored to the owners’ individual needs, which is paid for through a service charge. The ‘extra care’ concept enables the frail elderly to buy in care packages to suit their needs as they change over time.

The average age on entry to the Assisted Living schemes operated by the applicant is 83 years.

Many residents have objected to the scheme, with about 48 letters of objection sent to the council, together with two individual petitions – one relating to how the development would have an adverse impact on the living conditions for residents in Greaves and another relating to how the development would affect the enjoyment/views for people walking into town.