THE upper floors of a historic pub building can be converted into a “house of multiple occupation” after redevelopment plans were approved.

The former Cock and Bottle on Barkerend Road has been turned into a cafe in recent years, and in May an application to turn the upper floors into seven bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities was submitted to Bradford Council.

Those plans, by a Mr Aftab, have now been approved.

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The Grade II listed building was once one of the city’s finest pubs.

Planning officers said: “The upper floors have seeming always been associated living accommodation. They have already been subject to much change, and the features of significance were concentrated on the ground floor.

"The property sits in a sustainable location close to the city centre and good public transport links. As a former public house the property also has the advantage of a car park to the rear. This is deemed sufficient to meet the needs of the café and any resident parking associated with the HMO."