Plans to transform a former town centre shop into accommodation have been submitted.

The proposal outlines converting the former ground-floor electrical shop, on Duke Street, Whitehaven, and the offices above into a mixed use residential development.

A selection of six private and holiday apartments would be created if the plans are approved.

In addition to internal changes being made to the property, external alterations including window replacements, reinstatement of door and window openings, and roof repairs would also be carried out by the developer.

A new cycle storage stand would also be created, allowing for up to six bikes to be stored outside the building.

Off-street parking will not be available for residents, but permits for on-street parking can be applied for.

Outlined in the design and access statement for the plans, it says: “This conversion of the vacant and increasingly derelict electrical wholesalers to residential accommodation will enable the repair and refurbishment of the heritage asset and is a financially viable proposal for the re-use of the building and site.

“The principle appearance of the application building will remain largely as existing, with the only discernible changes to fenestration which will be matched as closely as possible to the existing windows.

“The proposals’ aim is to improve the building’s appearance at the rear whilst retaining the main character and visual identity of the main building.”

If approved, each ground-floor apartment will contain a bedroom, kitchen area, bathroom and living space, with those located upstairs containing a bedroom and bathroom, with additional living space across the hallway.

Residents have until the end of January to comment on the application.

For more information, including further details of the proposal and access to the comment form, visit Copeland Borough Council’s online planning page, and search for planning application 4/20/2517/0F1.