PLANS to build an extra 11 flats above a shop in Poole High Street have been given the green light.

The approved scheme, for 131 High Street, on the corner with Globe Lane, will extend and convert the first floor of the building, while adding a new second floor.

On the first floor, the building will be extended to be in line with the existing front of the building at ground level and will include four one-bedroom and three two-bedroom flats.

The new second floor will have one one-bedroom flat and three two-bedroom flats.

These flats would have a ‘high standard of living’ for future occupants, applicants said.

Currently, the retail unit on the ground floor is occupied by Savers, which will be retained.

A planning, design and access statement submitted by Chapman Lily Planning on behalf of the applicant, said the scheme would make a more efficient use of the land in a ‘highly sustainable location’.

“The proposal would provide modern, fit-for-purpose accommodation, meeting an identified need for 1-2 bed properties in the town centre,” the statement said.

“The height, scale, design and finish are appropriate to the locality and would not harm the setting of nearby listed buildings and the proposal would enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area.

“The design has been carefully conceived to avoid harm to neighbour amenity and ensure that a comfortable relationship subsists.”

A planning officer found in its case officer report the proposals would not harm the residential amenities of neighbours, highway safety, trees or nearby protected habitats.

“The scheme would contribute to the council’s demand for new housing, and it would achieve social benefits by delivering 11 new residential units in an established sustainable residential area,” the report said.

“The proposal would include three windows which fall slightly short of the BRE daylight standards and four flats which would have close proximity views towards the elevation of the neighbouring building opposite.

“However, these adverse impacts would not outweigh the benefits of delivering 11 new homes in a sustainable urban location.

“The scheme is therefore recommended for approval.”