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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Barrow housing estate plan for site of closed-down pub

A FORMER pub could be demolished to make way for an affordable housing estate.

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HOUSE PLAN: Barrow’s Friars Hotel and Restaurant, could be demolished to make way for a housing estate Jon Granger REF: 0417798

The Friars Hotel in Friars Lane, Barrow, closed earlier this year and could now be flattened.

Manchester-based housing developer Bowsall Limited has submitted plans on behalf of the Accent Foundation to knock down the pub and build 15 houses on the site.

The scheme is being paid for with a government grant of £360,000 which is aimed at boosting the amount of affordable rented properties for families in Barrow.

The three-bedroom properties, which could house up to five people, could be built within their own estate, with 15 parking spaces proposed.

A statement prepared for the applicants by architects Jennings Design Associates said the development will fit in with the surrounding area.

It said: “The adjacent properties mainly consist of existing terraces with large set backs from the street frontage.

“The site itself is to be cleared and the hotel demolished providing a significant opportunity for a high quality affordable housing development that will knit into the existing built fabric and improve the street scene dramatically.”

The scheme has received funding from the government to address the affordable housing problem in the town and Vicki Appleton, head of development for the Accent Foundation, said work could begin in the new year.

She said: “Accent Foundation are the only developing housing association operating in the borough of Barrow.

“Under the Cumbria Local Investment Plan and the Barrow Housing Strategy high demand has been identified for three-bedroom accommodation in the area.

“In response to this demand, Accent Foundation have secured grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency as part of the 2011/15 Affordable Homes Programme to develop three bedroom family houses for affordable rent in Barrow.”

The homes will be owned and managed by Accent and rented out to tenants through the Cumbria Choice Based Lettings Scheme.

Have your say

Under the Cumbria Local Investment Plan and the Barrow Housing Strategy high demand has been identified for three-bedroom accommodation in the area.

Read these things and try to work out how these two documents prove there is a demand for three bed housing on Friars Lane!

Posted by Tony on 7 December 2012 at 15:45

What about the already cleared land at Marsh St, Sutherland St and Arthur St? Peoples homes have already been demolished for no apparant good reason, so why not build there?

Posted by Mr M on 6 December 2012 at 12:50

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