PLANS have been submitted to convert a derelict pub into social housing properties.

A proposal has been put forward to South Lakeland District Council to develop the former Union Inn pub on the corner of Union Street and Brewery Street in Ulverston.

The property has lay empty and disused for a number of years before it was recently sold for re-development.

According to plans submitted by Leck Construction, the development aims to convert the existing pub into two three-bedroom houses and construct an additional two two-bedroom new houses.

The developer is undertaking the project on behalf of a local housing association to provide social housing, according to planning documents.

A proposal has been put forward to raise the roof level of the former pub to create an additional storey fronting onto Brewery Street.

However, the new build elements will be of similar scale and proportion to the existing building.

A section of the main Union Inn building will be demolished and two new build houses will be constructed within the former beer garden fronting onto Union Street.

The converted existing buildings will form two three bedroom houses and the new builds will consist of two bedroom houses. As well as this, each house will have a small dedicated patio and there will be a shared yard area accessed via the existing gateway to the rear alleyway.

According to the plans, the 'much-needed' development will revitalise the vacant building.

It said: "The development will bring back into use a vacant building which has long stood empty and abandoned.

"It will be in keeping with and enhance the immediate surroundings and it will provide much needed additional town centre dwellings, with the added attraction of them being managed by a housing association."