PLANS have been lodged to build two small houses behind, and three flats above, a shop in Poole High Street.

Briton House Properties Limited has applied for listed building consent for the scheme for 98 High Street.

If approved, the owners would demolish a 20th century extension, adding another floor to the top of the building to create three flats.

These would be one one-bedroom and two two-bedroom flats, each arranged across a floor.

Behind the building, two new homes would be built in a coach house, which would be semi-detached, one-bedroom homes.

The ground floor shop, which is currently vacant, would be retained, although proposals show plans to improve the frontage.

This includes new timber panelled doors and a new timber painted fascia.

Previously, the shop was occupied by Celly’s Poole, before it moved to its new location at 121 High Street.

In a heritage statement submitted to the council, Forum Heritage Services said the building is Grade II listed within the Poole Conservation Area.

It added the owners had received permission to add a fourth storey and build a two storey building behind the current building to house two one-bedroom flats.

This application is a revised scheme for the internal layout of the listed building.

It said: “No. 98 High Street has been subjected to a number of harmful alterations which have had a major impact upon its significance.”

The statement said some of the revised proposals may be regarded as having low-level harm to the listed building but said the harm is ‘at least balanced by positive changes over the approved scheme’.

The statement concluded: “The revised proposals have sought to ensure that historic joinery and other features which contributes to the character of the building, and its understanding, have been retained and will be refurbished appropriately to the benefit of the listed building.”

A neighbour consultation on the plans will end on April 23.

There is no set date for a decision on the proposals.

Previously, the council rejected plans to construct two flats at 3 Grand Parade, which is also a listed building.

However, it approved a scheme to build an extra 11 flats above a shop at 131 High Street.