Student complex plan for pub site

Moorlands Hotel.
Moorlands Hotel.

A former city pub could be converted into student flats.

Mister Investment Group has submitted plans with Lancaster City Council to redevelop the Moorlands Hotel in Quarry Road, Lancaster.

It would include eight apartments altogether.

Two would have six bedrooms, one would have seven bedrooms and five would be studio flats – providing 24 rooms in total.

Managing director Zubeir Mister said: “It’s a good building in a good location.

“It works well with the majority of the area being student accommodation and it’s close to the University of Cumbria and within walking distance of the city centre. Overall, it’s a good, large property.

“There is demand for high quality student accommodation locally, especially bespoke accommodation, and it’s putting old buildings back into use.

“We have had a few brief discussions with the planning department at the council.

“I don’t think they would be averse to converting it into student accommodation because it has already been a residential use property.

“If there is resistance, I’m sure we will fight it all the way.”

The Moorlands Hotel was owned by Mitchell’s.

Managing director Jonathan Barker said the pub had been struggling in the two years before the decision was taken to sell it eight months ago.

He said the company could not attract anyone with sufficent funds or experience to run it as a tenancy.

He added: “We concluded the best option was to dispose of it. We thought seriously about it.”