A proposal has been submitted to open a restaurant at the site of a former Carphone Warehouse site in Chesham.

The property has been vacant since the retailer closed in November 2018, with developers Evans and Crawley saying that they hope to ‘enhance the marketability of the premises’ by changing it to a restaurant.

In the planning application, the developers have said that they propose to install an internal staircase in order to be able to have a seating area on the first floor of the building.

Evans and Crawley have also said that the development, if approved, ‘will not be out of place’ in Chesham town centre.

In the planning document, the developers said: “Chesham town centre and the proposed change of use will not be out of place in this location.

“The proposals would comply with the relevant planning policy of rejuvenating town centres hence will have a positive impact on the centre of Chesham.

“A3 [restaurant] use would also require the employment of a number of full and part time staff, hence will encourage development and employment within Chesham.

“A3 [restaurant] use encourage people to visit the town centre helping to create a vibrant local economy whilst having a positive impact on adjacent shops and businesses.

“The proposal will introduce planning use that will hopefully allow the building to be let to a suitable tenant and ensure that another commercial property in Chesham town centre is not left vacant.”