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Plans Submitted to Transform Lancaster Bar Into Student Flats

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Plans have been submitted for the demolition of a nightclub and bar in Lancaster's city centre, which will be replaced by student accommodation.

Student accommodation developer CityBlock have submitted an application to demolish The Apothecary in Penny Street and build a five-storey student block with a shop on the ground floor.

The student development would consist of en-suite cluster flats consisting of between 5 and 10 bedrooms and self-contained studios.

Commenting on the proposals, Trevor Bargh, CEO of City Portfolio Ltd and CityBlock Ltd, said: "This month we applied for planning permission for 85-89 Penny Street, Lancaster, to develop a bespoke high-quality, six storey student accommodation development."

"This follows in-depth engagement with key stakeholders including two pre-application meetings and a positive meeting with the members' committee in April, in which everyone in attendance was very supportive of our plans."

"The development site on Penny Street is located in the City Centre Conservation Area. Our application proposals aim to deliver a transformational change for the site, providing student accommodation of the highest standard within a key townscape building."

"The design proposals respect the historic context whilst expressing and celebrating the building's new function as a vibrant living space for students, with an exciting ground floor retail offering."