Thumbs down for new Morecambe restaurant vision

The Queens Hotel in Morecambe.The Queens Hotel in Morecambe.
The Queens Hotel in Morecambe.
A £1.2m revamp of one of Morecambe's oldest pubs has been given the thumbs down.

Lancaster City Council planners have turned down a scheme to convert the Queens into a bar/restaurant with five bedroom hotel.

The council said the plans would cause harm to the Grade II listed building, which has been closed for almost two years.

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Applicants Marine Drive Properties want to create 40 jobs by renovating the former night-spot on the corner of Queen Street and Marine Road Central.

But plans for a new three-storey rear extension and a second floor side extension with balconies have caused concern at the town hall.

A council spokesman said: “We provided the applicant with advice prior to them submitting the planning application. Regrettably that advice has not been followed, resulting in a scheme that would irreversibly harm the listed building. We have indicated to the applicant that there is potential to amend the scheme that they are proposing; however the design approach needs to be far better.”

We contacted Garstang-based architects Graham Anthony Associates, representatives of Marine Drive Properties Ltd, for a comment but had received no reply as we went to press.