A FORMER family-run hotel in Barrow could be converted into shared accommodation if plans are approved.

A proposal has been submitted to Barrow Borough Council to convert the Lisdoonie Hotel in Abbey Road,into multi-occupancy accommodation.

The application, submitted on March 24, reveal plans to change the use of the 12-bedroom hotel into shared housing which will consist also of 12 bedrooms.

The plans also propose creating ten extra car parking spaces to the six which already exist on the site.

The building incorporates two grand semi detached Victorian houses which is comprised of 12 en-suite rooms, a bar and a large ball room.

The hotel formerly hosted meetings of numerous local clubs including Barrow’s Rotary Club.

The hotel changed hands in November after being owned by the Cook family for over 40 years.

According to data released by the Land Registry, the hotel was sold for £1.28 million in 2020.

The development follows the building of a Co-op on the grounds of the Lisdoonie which opened its doors to shoppers to last year

The store, built on a demolished section of the hotel which was formerly the venue’s function room, came after a £670,000 investment by the convenience retailer, creating a new 2,800 sq ft Co-op store on Abbey Road.

The store runs on 100 per cent renewable electricity and has replaced the original store which was located just one mile away on Oxford Street.

The opening marked the first new Co-op in Barrow for over two decades, creating new jobs for the local area.