Planners have approved a project to create new flats in an existing commercial space on a Bucks high street.

Richwood Property plans four studio apartments just off High Street in the centre of Aylesbury, although does not plan to change existing access arrangements.

The site is bound to the western side by Costa Coffee, and to the east by a charity shop, while there is office accommodation above, and a nearby WHSmith and Post Office.

The terraced three-storey red brick building, which does not have any car parking, is located on the northern side of the pedestrianised part of the High Street.

Proposals state that only the first floor of the existing building would be converted, with no ‘ground break’ or any alterations to the building.

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Planning documents state: “The building has been the subject of significant human work/habitation with the commercial shop unit at ground floor and the offices on the first floor which have existed satisfactorily with no issues of contamination.”

The floorspace subject to the application has been vacant for more than three months, with the last tenant terminating their occupancy in February 2023, and since then it has been marketed by Savills.

In their approval, planning officers said: “It is considered that the proposal would generate less vehicle movements compared to the existing use as an office.”

They added: “The site is located off High Street which is subject to parking restrictions which would prevent residents from leaving their cars on the street or in the surrounding area.”

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