REVISED plans have been submitted to convert a disused Kendal pub into apartments.

York-based Luxus Property Limited has previously been unsuccessful in its attempts to gain planning permission from South Lakeland District Council for the scheme at the former Sawyers Arms on Stricklandgate.

The planning committee was minded to refuse permission at its meeting in February, but deferred a decision to formalise their reasons.

But the developer has come back with a new plan which it hopes will convince members to grant permission.

"We've taken on board the comments made by the committee members and we've made some amendments to the proposed scheme," said James Brecknock, Luxus Property director.

The initial scheme drew criticism from councillors of the size of some of the apartments, while other committee members praised bringing the building back into use. A motion to grant planning permission failed to carry.

The smallest of the 14 flats in the original scheme was just 26 metres square.

Cllr Vicky Hughes said at the February meeting: "I fully understand we need to do something with these old buildings but I feel the living space is just far too small."

Mr Brecknock said the density and size of the apartments were among the considerations taken with the new plan.

"This is a former pub that has been left for many years, and we are looking to give it a new lease of life by converting it into apartments," added Mr Brecknock.

"The proposal this time around addresses councillors' concerns and allows the scheme to go through for what is a fantastic building.

"We plan to start on site as soon as planning permission is granted. We are passionate about development and really pleased to be involved in Kendal."

The revised application is due to be heard at the meeting of SLDC's planning committee at Kendal Town Hall today (March 22)