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Saturday, 22 November 2014

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Barrow flats bid sparks school protest over children’s safety

PRIVACY and children’s safety could be at stake if developers get the go-ahead to turn a town centre pub into nine one-bedroom flats.

Plans to transform the former Queen’s Arms Hotel, in Rawlinson Street, Barrow, are being recommended for approval when they go before Barrow Borough Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

DB Consultancy hopes to transform the pub into nine single-bedroom flats with parking spaces for five cars.

In order to create car parking spaces, the company wants to demolish single storey properties at the site which will be overlooked by a CCTV system.

However, the plans have met some opposition from residents and the nearby St George’s School, where a number of classrooms would be overlooked by the development.

In a written submission to the council’s planning department the school said: “The limit of all the accommodation being one-bed flats inhibits the chance for family habitation but encourages single women or men.

“These flats will directly overlook the early years teaching areas for our school and look directly into the classrooms of two further year groups. This is a safeguarding issue with children changing for PE.

“This removes any previous privacy we have enjoyed.”

The school also raised a number of other issues including parking and noise issues. Residents have also voiced concerns.

However, planners have recommended the proposals are approved

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