PLANS to create a two-storey extension to a first-floor flat above a commercial unit have been given the green light.

Permission is being sought to add a two-storey rear extension to a first floor flat and to turn the residential space into two flats on Duke Street, St Helens.

A planning application has been sent to the council by applicant Paul Harding for the flat above the Prestige Skills Training premises at 99 Duke Street. 

A description of the proposals in an application form submitted by agents Studio Seventeen, on behalf of the applicant states that plans include for a "double storey rear extension to the flat above 99 Duke Street, converting from one flat to two flats".

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The application adds that the ground floor will be "staying as commercial" and will be unaffected by the proposals.

In a report, planning officer Kim Vo stated: "Whilst the application site is located within an area comprised of existing commercial, business and service uses, there are several existing residential dwellings within the immediate area and therefore, the proposed self-contained flat at first floor is considered to be in keeping with the neighbouring residential uses."

Approval was granted.