Three Crowns to be turned into student flats?


Last March iconic pub The Three Crowns was destroyed by a fire which saw six people injured. The pub has been empty since the fire with owners describing the popular nightspot as “beyond repair.”

Now a planning application is under discussion which will see The Three Crowns revamped into accommodation for 15 students.

Plans have been drawn up by agent Architecture Design Studio Ltd and are to be discussed by Gwynedd Council’s planning committee. The agent claims that if the The Three Crowns is to lay empty for any longer it could attract anti-social behaviour.

The design and access statement reads: “The surrounding area to
the site has a mix of commercial and residential buildings. The proposed change of use to student accommodation will benefit students at the local Bangor University approximately five minutes walking distance away. The existing building is in a derelict condition which in its current state will attract the wrong crowd, resulting in anti-social behaviour and disturbance within the local community. The proposed change of use will bring new life to the fire damaged building and improve the character of the street scene it will also provide a much needed service for students at a local university. Once the building is seen occupied and in use it will therefore divert attention away from those looking to cause disturbances. The proposal is seen to improve one the character of the building by bringing new life to it by means of providing a service to students at the local university and too provide economic growth in the area as the site sits close to many high street retailers, meaning the students living at the proposed accommodations will be spending locally.”

With the new St. Mary’s accommodation site opening this September and new student flats popping up over the city the proposed plans beg the question – how many more student flats does Bangor need?


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