An abandoned and vandalised Huddersfield pub could be transformed into affordable bedsits for the community.

The Woolpack in Deighton has been shut to drinkers for about 10 years.

Plans to convert it into offices failed and it has become a target for anti-social behaviour, including arson attacks in 2007 and 2014.

Now new plans have emerged to convert it into 12 bedrooms for single people.

The proposal is to create low cost accommodation with a shared kitchen.

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Each room would have its own bathroom.

A statement from the developer, Olive Branch Properties Ltd, says: “The building for years has been boarded up and monitored by a third party security company.

“We intend to bring this back into use to cover the shortfall of good quality accommodation.

Former Woolpack pub, Deighton Road, Deighton.

“An increasing number of people are turning to house shares to provide a solution to the current housing shortage, singular lifestyles and increasing living costs.

“The intention is to make available good quality affordable living accommodation for predominantly the singles, young couples and the student market with nearby public transport links that will hopefully appeal to the wider community.

“The development will be compatible with the surrounding area as this is situated in an area that is largely residential and have a high number of young people looking for short to mid term accommodation.

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“Careful consideration has been given in order to maintain the existing character of the building and its location on Deighton road.

“Therefore we will not be making any changes to the outside structure of the building.”

When fire crews were called to the former pub back in 2014, after a serious blaze, workmen had been carrying out some renovation work inside the building.