A FORMER shop storeroom in the centre of Tenbury could have a new lease of life as a home.

A planning application has been submitted to Malvern Hills District Council to convert the building in Westview Terrace into a two-storey two-bedroom house.

A design and access statement accompanying the application said Westview Terrace, a narrow and largely hidden from view lane off Cross Street, is currently home to a number of small terraced houses.

The property in question, which adjoins 1 Market Square on the ground floor, was bought by the Bowkett family in 1964 and transferred to GH Bowkett Ltd in 1972, the statement said.

It has been used as storage for the supermarket in the past, but is no longer needed for that purpose.

The statement said the building consists of several small dark rooms used as a kitchen and breakfast room, with a small bathroom beyond. 

The proposed development would convert the single-storey building into a two-storey house with lounge, kitchen, and toilet on the ground floor and two bedrooms with en-suite showers on the first floor, with a dormer extension to the roof to create the space to house the shower rooms.

The statement said the house would have the same footprint as the existing building, while additions including the dormer, windows, and doors would be "sympathetic to the existing structure", with the proposed house having UPVC double glazing and a tiled roof with brick finish to the elevations. 

No new access arrangements would be needed, the statement said, with access unchanged and room to park one vehicle in front of the house. 

A comment submitted on the application by Tenbury Town Council said the council supported the application, but queried why the location on the application documents stated the name of a company that no longer exists, GH Bowkett Ltd, and said it was not clear if the parking space was an exclusive designated space included in the boundary of the property.

A further comment from Tenbury ward councillor Andrew Willmott said he was giving the application "active consideration".

The consultation ends on April 4.