Flats bid for site of former hotel

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A once thriving pub and hotel which is slowly falling into decay could become a complex of 17 flats.

Lancaster City Council has received plans to convert the Battery Hotel at Sandylands Promenade in Morecambe into five one-bed, eight two-bed and four three-bed apartments.

Owners Thwaites Brewery also proposes car parking and landscaping and the demolition of existing single storey buildings to make way for the homes.

In a document sent to planners, the applicant said: “The building has been vacant for over three years and is deteriorating rapidly.”

It goes on: “It is considered important that a new and viable use which contributes to the vitality of the area is found quickly to avoid the building deteriorating and blighting the area further.”

The ground floor would accommodate seven flats, eight would go on the first and second floors and unused roof space would be converted into two luxury penthouse apartments. No date has been set for the scheme to be discussed.