PLANS to create a two-storey building to house four apartments in Rainhill have been approved in spite of letters of objection from residents.

Proposals for a building and including associated parking at 74 Rainhill Road were submitted to St Helens Council.

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The application states the development is proposed for "the vacant plot, previously used as the garden".

Plans say the location is a "predominantly residential area on the junction of Rainhill Road and Ellerslie Avenue".

Parking facilities are to the rear of the building and accessed via Ellerslie Avenue.

The proposed building is "a two storey structure set at the back of the footpath from the main road with parking to the rear".

The plans had sparked more than a dozen objections from residents.

Complaints included worries the development would be "out of character" with the area and would potentially cause traffic congestion problems.

The plans were passed after a planning committee meeting at the town hall.