STYLISH apartments worth around £600,000 are planned for Barrow town centre.
The seven first and second-floor flats have been proposed above Chambers Wine Bar, in Duke Street.
They are the latest of several similar big city-style schemes in the town.
Last September, Investia Properties, of Ramsbottom, got the go-ahead to convert the former county court in Michaelson Road into eight “upmarket” apartments.
Then in November, Oldham-based D+P Holdings was given outline planning permission for a £1m-plus flats development on the site of a former garage on the Strand.
The following month, Richards Contractors in Preston got the green light for six apartments above the Subway sandwich shop on Dalton Road.
The Duke Street proposal comes from All Points North Plc, of Penrith.
Director Max Elliott, said: “The planning application submitted is for the conversion of the upper floors of 98/100 Duke Street into seven apartments of various sizes to appeal to a mixed market.
“Should the scheme go ahead we believe it will help, as part of the larger planning process, to bring vitality back into the town centre by using currently vacant upper floors.”
The trend in Barrow is similar to that of places like Liverpool and Manchester which have seen a big boom in the number of city centre apartments.
David Sharpe, company director of Ross Estate Agencies, with branches in Barrow and Ulverston, estimated the development would be worth “up to £600,000”.
Mr Sharpe said: “They’re going to have to rely on people’s attitudes changing in this area.
“At the moment, we’re not a flat-orientated town but certainly in the future I think we’ll become more accustomed to flats.
“I think it’s good for the town, in general. We desperately need more accommodation and I think in the long-term it will help the market, it will give more choice and flexibility.”
Ann Taylforth, town centre and festivals manager for Barrow Borough Council, said: “It will bring more people into the town centre.”
Mayor Ken Williams said: “It just shows the buoyancy of what Barrow is creating and obviously word is getting around it’s a place to be investing in.”