Student housing plans for former pub get thumbs up

Moorlands Hotel. Moorlands Pub. Lancaster.
Moorlands Hotel. Moorlands Pub. Lancaster.

Plans for a former Lancaster pub to be transformed into student housing have been given the green light by city councillors.

The Moorlands Hotel, in Quarry Road, will be redeveloped by the Mister Group despite opposition from local residents.

The new accommodation will comprise four self-contained studio apartments and one seven-bed unit across the ground floor and two six-bed units on the first floor.

The proposals originally included two bedrooms in the roof space but councillors agreed planning permission on the basis that these were removed. Each studio includes a single room with a kitchenette and separate shower room.

Each of the three units will have two communal bathrooms and a communal kitchen/living area.

The council received 11 letters which raised various objections to the application.

The key reasons for opposition included work beginning on site without planning permission, an increase in noise, litter and anti-social behaviour as a consequence of the proposed use, an impact on neighbouring residents, particular the elderly, a lack of parking, both at the site and within the surrounding area, increased traffic and an oversupply of student accommodation in the area.

In addition, a letter and signed petition from 39 residents raising similar issues was submitted by the chair of the residents’ association of nearby Greenfield Court.