Abandoned NHS Clinic To Become Student Bedsits



City Councillors have given the go-ahead for a former Carlisle NHS clinic to be converted into as many as 50 student bedsits.

The building, which has sat vacant for almost seven years, has been privately brought and will undergo its agreed internal transformation over the next two to three years.


Carlisle City Council praised the location for its convenient access to public transport and proximity to both the Fusehill Street and Brampton Road campuses.

 Despite backing from the local council, a planning application for the site was met with some opposition from local residents and the nearby Carlisle College. Their fears that up to 50 students would add to the already heavy school traffic in the area were not shared by the council.

Councillor Heather Bradley,Economy, Enterprise and Housing Portfolio Holder at the council, is keen to ensure that “appropriate security and safety precautions were in place.”

As a councillor, I have always been interested in rented housing … and the need to ensure the tenant was treated fairly.

 “I am not suggesting that the landlord for this development would not behave fairly, but I would rather try to ensure that, from the outset, any tenancy agreement or lease should cover the basic responsibilities of the landlord and the tenant.”

While Carlisle College declined to directly discuss the matter with The Informer, council planning notes show that they believe “there is no need for additional student accommodation in Carlisle.”

The University of Cumbria has remained neutral on the matter.

The university has its own student accommodation which we manage and regulate” says Stephen Miller, Director of Estates at the university. 

“We also enter into agreements with other student accommodation providers, such as in the case of the student village in Denton Holme, to ensure there are enough beds to fulfill current demands.

“However, individual developers are free to propose new applications for student accommodation if they wish and the university would not necessarily be involved in any way.”

Matthew Wood

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