March 20, 2019 11.11 am This story is over 33 months old

Former working men’s club to become shops and apartments

The club liquidated last year

A 100-year-old former working men’s club, which closed after going into liquidation last year, is to be converted into commercial units and apartments.

Officers are recommending the application from Paul Lynch is aproved. Plans are to build 10 residential apartments, with four retail or service units at the ground floor and facing on to Monks Road.

The Monks Road Working Men’s Club closed suddenly last year, with a notice stating it had “an insolvency liquidator appointed”.

The much-loved club opened more than 100-years-ago in 1913, and had celebrated its centenary five years prior to closing.

A report due before City of Lincoln councillors next week, said: “In most instances, the loss of an existing community facility will not be supported.

“However the working men’s club on this site has already shut and the building has been empty for some time.

“Whilst it is regrettable that the facility has not been bought as a community facility, it is considered that bringing the building back to a viable use, in keeping with the uses in the surrounding area would be of benefit to the local area.

“The site is in close proximity to the city centre which has a number of drinking establishments, with other public houses on the route into the city from this site.”

Residents have raised concerns about overlooking, the use of the attached car park, the visual amenity of the site and the loss of the community facility.

The officers, however, have concluded: “The external alterations to the building would be in keeping with the surrounding area and would bring an empty building back into a viable use.”

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