Plans Submitted to Develop Former Coventry Jail

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Plans have been submitted to turn a former jail and popular nightspot in Coventry into student accommodation.

Under the proposals put forward to Coventry City Council the upper floors of the Establishment Bar and Grill in Bayley lane will be developed into 16 self-contained studio flats.

According to council planning documents, under the plans the existing bar and dining area would not be altered.

It's suggested that the leasholder of the grade-2 listed building is looking to turn current vacant office space into student accommodation after seeing that "the demand for student accommodation in this area is considerable."

The bar had previously been granted planning permission to turn the vacant space into 15 hotel rooms. However, the latest application put forward by County Hall Properties is calling for 12 single bedrooms and four twin bedrooms with access via Pepper Lane.

No alterations are planned for the outside of the building other than the installation of sixteen cycle spaces which would be installed near the building.

It's argued that the planned alterations will ensure the long term financial future of a historic building, with minimal disruption to the fabric of the building.