Flats plan for pub hit by fly-tipping

Idea: A developer wants to turn the old Stephenson's Arms pub in Deepdale into flats.
Idea: A developer wants to turn the old Stephenson's Arms pub in Deepdale into flats.
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A former pub branded a magnet for anti-social behaviour could be transformed into new flats.

Developers have launched a bid for the ex-Stephenson’s Arms pub in East Street, Deepdale, to be converted into new homes.

Robin Maudsley

Robin Maudsley

The scheme would see the run-down building being turned into five flats, with three to be houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs).

The pub has been shut down for around six years, and Preston Council has had to clear up the site on several occasions, after problems with fly-tipping were raised at PACT community meetings.

A design statement prepared on behalf of the applicant states: “Overall, this scheme will bring a much needed development to this area, where there is a shortage of low cost properties, and will improve the general street scene once complete, as the building at present looks in need of repair.

“The area surrounding this building is residential, so by introducing this use, this will not cause any disturbance to neighbouring properties.

“This building has been 
redundant for many years so, by supporting this scheme, it will erase any health and safety issues it has at present by being unoccupied.”

The plans include one, two and three bedroom flats, set out across two floors, plus parking.

Robin Maudsley, of local action group Communities, Residents and Businesses (CRaB) said there were still problems with people dumping rubbish in the area.

He said there were already a lot of HMO flats for students in the area, but residents might be glad to see the redundant pub occupied rather than growing increasingly run down.

He said: “People have been fly-tipping around it and there have been beds and washing machines just left there. They seem to move out of flats and just leave everything behind.

“Residents are fed up with the empty building.

“It’s best to have it put to some use and have someone responsible for keeping an eye on it and making sure it’s kept clean.”

Plans had previously been put forward to turn the pub into a training centre.

Preston Council’s planning committee will vote on the new scheme.