Student flats
bid at city restaurant site

Picture by Julian Brown for the LEP 10/08/15''View of the Georgian Club, Cable Street, Lancaster
Picture by Julian Brown for the LEP 10/08/15''View of the Georgian Club, Cable Street, Lancaster

Plans to demolish a Lancaster restaurant to make way for 90 student bedrooms have been submitted to the city council.

Lancaster SPV Ltd, based in Hertfordshire, has applied to convert the former Georgian Club at 5 Cable Street and demolish the existing Miyabi restaurant next to it to create the new student block.

Cable Street student development proposals

Cable Street student development proposals

The proposal includes demolishing garages to the rear of the Georgian Club, which has been abandoned for the last 20 years, to create a new four and five storey building which will link to the existing Grade II Listed one fronting Cable Street.

If given the go-ahead, the scheme will comprise a total of 90 studio bedrooms - five in the existing one, and 84 in the new building – linked together by a glass atrium.

Common Rooms, communal toilets, a laundry room and administration areas, as well as storage for 36 bikes will also be provided.

The application has been submitted by Reading based planning and design consultancy firm Barton Willmore on behalf of Lancaster SPV Ltd.

The company’s design and access statement said: “The proposal has been designed to be a car-free development with the exception of a single disabled parking bay.

“The site’s location within the Lancaster Conservation Area and the incorporation of the existing Grade II listed building into the development proposals mean that a design solution is required which both preserves and enhances the historic urban character.”

According to the application, records suggest that 5 Cable Street started as a domestic dwelling belonging to silk manager Thomas Mason, while 6 Cable Street was used as a garage. 5 Cable Street was built circa 1770, and was converted to the Georgian Club in 1900, but has been abandoned for the last 20 years.

Number 5 Cable Street is part of ‘The Quay’ character area of the Lancaster Conservation Areas.

According to reports it is showing signs of failure through large visible cracks across the building’s façade and general disrepair appearing throughout the building.

The demolition of what is currently Miyabi would improve the look of the area, the report added.