A FORMER tax office building in Evesham could be extended to make room for more flats.

Lower Leys House, on the corner of Lower Leys and Burford Road, has already been converted into 15 flats.

The building currently consists of two storeys facing Burford Road and one storey facing onto Lower Leys.

Plans submitted to Wychavon District Council propose adding a new first floor to the existing single-storey part of the building in Lower Leys.

This would create room for seven additional flats, taking the total to 22.

Evesham Journal: PROPOSAL: Developers want to build seven more flats at the former tax office buildingPROPOSAL: Developers want to build seven more flats at the former tax office building (Image: Avon Planning Services)

“The size and design of the extension will replicate the existing building,” according to the plans.

“The proposal respects neighbouring properties and does not infringe on any rights to daylight or sunlight, or result in overshadowing or loss of privacy. In terms of scale, height and mass, the proposed extension will follow the building lines of the existing building and the height of the two storey element of the existing building.

“The site is located within the large town of Evesham which has an extensive range of services, facilities and amenities which are all within walking distance of the site.

“The walls of the extension would be constructed of buff brick and a plain slate would be used for the roof covering in order to match the existing building materials.”

The site currently includes 15 parking spaces allocated to residents, plus eight “rarely used” visitor spaces.

It is suggested the visitor spaces are reallocated for the seven proposed flats and that future visitors use a nearby public car park.

“There would be a total of 23 parking spaces available for the 22 flats that would be accommodated within the site as a result of the proposed development,” the applicants say.

“This is considered to be an acceptable level of parking given that the site is in a highly sustainable location with a major town.

“This modest proposal would not significantly increase the number of vehicle

trips over and above the current situation.”