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Plans To Transform Former Scarborough Hotel Into Flats

Plans To Transform Former Scarborough Hotel Into Flats

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 10:08am 3rd February 2020. (Updated at 12:07pm 3rd February 2020)

A plan to transform a troubled former hotel in Scarborough into apartments has been lodged with the borough council.

Shafiq Mahmood, of Arain Property, wants to transform The Breece in West Street into 23 flats which, he says, could be used for students.

The building, which is now operating as a care home, hit the headlines in 2014 when Scarborough Council succeeded in getting magistrates to issue a closure order when it was a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO).

At the time the council told the magistrates that there had been “a wide range of antisocial behaviour at The Breece over a nine-month period, including criminal damage, theft, drug use, domestic violence, serious violence, burglary and an allegation of rape”.

A number of complaints from local residents had led to the council stepping in to shut it down.

Mr Mahmood, the new owner of the building, has told the council he wants to redesign the interior of the building.

His planning submission adds:

“The proposed new use ensures the vacant property provides living accommodation which would be ideal for the local housing requirements and student accommodation.

The majority external envelope will remain unchanged so the proposal will not affect the aesthetical appearance.

The property is currently used as a care home. The proposal seeks to change the internal layout from a care home which consists of 12 studio flats in to 23 units.”

The council’s own Environmental Regulation Manager has raised one issue of concern, saying he would like to see fewer flats proposed as part of the plans.

The scheme is now out to consultation.

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Fileyman, on 3rd February 2020 11:57am
Convert 12 studio flats into 23 flats... Wow..

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