Tavern flats approved

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Lancaster City Football Club’s long-standing bar, the Dolly Blue Tavern, could become student flats.

An application to turn the social club adjacent to their Giant Axe home in to 22-bed accommodation by owners Prospect Estates was approved by Lancaster City Council’s planning committee on Monday, January 7.

The club, who oppose the plans, had leased it from the Otley-based company for the last seven years until it closed in the summer.

They objected on several grounds including the fact there is a city council covenant on the building that restricts its use to that of a social club and that there is little to no parking for the tavern.

However, a city council planning report states the covenant is a separate legal issue that will now be discussed by the owners and the council.

It also says the majority of student accommodation in the city has limited or no parking.

Despite the approval, Prospect, who have had the property up for sale or let for around a year with little response, have said they would still be willing to listen to proposals to keep running it as a pub.

The development would comprise the 22 en-suite rooms over two floors and the steward’s house with communal living areas, kitchens and a laundry room.