Windsor Castle Pub to be flats for students

Changing face: The Windsor Castle pub could be turned into student flats

Changing face: The Windsor Castle pub could be turned into student flats

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A former pub is set to be turned into flats for Preston students.

The Windsor Castle pub on Egan Street, Preston, has been derelict for a number of years.

Plans have now been submitted to turn it into student accommodation.

Coun James Hull, who represents the St George’s ward at Preston Council, said: “It’s better to have it occupied rather than totally empty.

“My only concern as a councillor is that the accommodation is kept to a good standard and they don’t just leave it.”

Agents Cassidy and Ashton have submitted the application on behalf of applicant M and B Builders, of Victoria Road, Preston.

In planning documents, they said: “‘The development will result in the construction of nine apartments set within an existing residential area.

“The scheme presents an opportunity to sensitively develop a vacant brownfield site within the urban area and bring back a vacant building into viable long-term use.”

The flats will be over three storeys and will include eight two-bed apartments and one one-bed, if approved.

Planners say the layout of the site will stay much the same but the outside of the building, described as in a ‘serious state of disrepair’, will need to be improved.

There will also be a place for storing bikes.

A wall will be rebuilt to make the site more secure.

The application will be 
decided by Preston Council in the coming months.