North Road flats given the go-ahead

North Road development
North Road development

New student accommodation will transform an “eyesore” part of Lancaster city centre.

Buildings surrounding the former Warehouse Nightclub in North Road are to be partly demolished, and the site will be used to accommodate 79 students in 15 studio flats and 12 “cluster” flats.

A shop, office and a laundrette will also be built on the site, and a new Toucan crossing will be created across North Road as part of the plans submitted by Anas Mister.

The Listed Warehouse building itself will also be refurbished as part of the development, after planning permission was granted by councillors on Monday.

Coun Eileen Blamire said: “It’s a vast improvement on the first scheme.

“This is much better.”

Coun Sheila Denwood said: “This has been an eyesore for many years so it’s good to see this happening.”

But English Heritage said elements of the plans were “confused” and the intensity of the development and scale in relation to other buildings close by was of concern.

Concern was also raised at the planning meeting that the planned Toucan crossing would create further traffic problems in the city centre.

An application for the demolition of existing buildings on the site and the creation of a new restaurant and hotel was withdrawn in 2007, while in 2013, plans for 96 student flats and a retail unit office and communal lounge and cafe were refused.

On Monday, permission was granted for the erection of two new buildings and the conversion of the listed warehouse following demolition of a lean-to extension.

The building will be three storeys in height and includes accommodation within the roof space. The other building is to be sited behind the North Road frontage as a freestanding three storey building, also including roof top accommodation.