Express & Star

Go-ahead for student flats above betting shop in Wolverhampton city centre

Vacant floorspace above a betting shop in Wolverhampton city centre is to be converted into accommodation exclusively for students, planners have agreed.

Paddy Power on the corner of Princess Street in Wolverhampton city centre. Photo: Joe Sweeney

The six apartments will occupy both upper floors over Paddy Power in Princess Street.

The historic building, which occupies a prominent corner location, was originally the Talbot Hotel for many years before becoming Seamus O’Donnell’s pub in 2001.

The pub closed in 2008 and reopened for business as a bookmakers on the ground floor in 2010.

Both upper floors were previously used as two residential flats but have been empty for some time.

An alternative floor plan for the proposed student accommodation above Paddy Power in Princess Street in Wolverhampton