A new bar is set to open in a former gym in Lancaster city centre.

Dr Gruffydd Morris, of Ayr Street, has submitted a planning application to Lancaster City Council to convert the use of a gym at 10 Slip Inn Lane to allow a new bar to open.

The application reveals the building is currently vacant and was previously used as a gym and fitness studio. New exterior lighting and a CCTV system is also being proposed for the premises.

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Slip Inn Lane is one of Lancaster’s historical narrow lanes which link various parts of the city centre. The premises at number 10 is close to the listed Slip Inn pub, the last of Lancaster's alleyway inns and the only surviving building of James Street.

Documents submitted with the application state: "The building itself in recent years has fallen into disrepair cosmetically and has been unoccupied for some time. The premises was originally a gym and fitness studio.

"The proposal indicates that there will be the addition of signage and lighting to the exterior of the building and the addition of a bar and a future downstairs accessible WC on the ground floor and no upstairs changes."

The new bar will create four new jobs and will open from 11am until 1am Monday to Friday, 11am until 2am on Saturday and from 11am until 1am on Sundays and bank holidays.

A final decision will be made on the plans following a period of public consultation.

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