A NEW lease of life will be given to an empty town centre unit if planning approval is granted.

Copeland Borough Council has received an application for changes to 25 King Street, Whitehaven, including a new door on the front elevation, providing access to the first and second floors as well as alterations to the existing shop front.

Mr Hill of 25 King Street has request approval for the changes. In their planning statement, the applicant said: "The existing building was configured as a ground banking hall and first floor retail and second floor offices which had very limited tenant appeal and explained why the building has been empty for 2 years."

"We are currently advertising the ground floor as a single unit however it was our original intention to open our own shop promoting natural and organic products and providing a platform for local manufacturers to promote their products. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 and an unexpected rates bill, I’m afraid our budget may prevent us from moving forward, hence the unit is now available for rent."

The applicant will look to obtain planning permission to convert the upper two floors into residential accommodation in the future.

The public have a right to view and comment on all planning applications submitted to council.