PLANS to turn an empty retail unit into a flat can go ahead as the council ruled prior approval is not required.

Proposals for the change of use of a ground floor retail space at 33 Junction Lane, Sutton, were sent in to the council.

Radar Properties NW submitted the plans to turn the unit into a residential flat.

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A description of the proposals in the application stated: "Change of use from a vacant ground floor retail unit (class E) to a residential self-contained flat (use class C3)".

In a report, planning officer Alex Ball said: "The demand for parking due to the change of use is unlikely to be significantly different to the existing demand associated with the previous use".

It was added: "It is considered that the proposed development complies with the requirements of Schedule 2, Part 3, Class MA of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended).

"On this basis it is considered that the prior approval of details is not required".