The News & Star readers have been discussing plans to develop a historic building into a university campus.

The Citadel buildings in Carlisle will be developed if councillors approve of the work, but readers aren’t so sure it’s what is best for the city and its people.

The project is funded partly by £50million from Carlisle’s share of the Borderlands Growth Deal.

Here’s what readers had to say.

Martin Plumber said: “Positive growth and development in our city is good but I sincerely hope the historical buildings and their front-facing facade are maintained.”

Alexander Messenger said: “Can’t think of a better use of a historic building than as higher education institute.”

Helen Tuck thinks so too: “Wholeheartedly love this proposal.

“As a former student of the university, I am both impressed and hopeful for this development.

“Can only be good for the city.”

Shirley Wood hated the idea: “Absolutely ridiculous, we need more shops in the city centre as there is plenty of other places for a university.

“All students and no shops for people.”

Peter Burns said: “Another vanity project that will eventually rival The Lanes and The Market as huge white elephants.”

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