An application to build a two storey extension and create six flats at the British Heart Foundation store in Margate will be discussed by councillors next week.
A plan to convert the shop in Margate High Street into three smaller shops with flats on the floor above was previously approved in July.
Now the applicant has lodged a prior approval application for the erection of two additional storeys above the building to provide six more apartments in addition to the four on the first floor.
Concerns have been raised that the increased height of the building would be oppressive and out of keeping with the character of the area.
In response the design of the top floor has been amended and the front elevation of the mansard roof has been set further back from the parapet and the projecting dormers replaced with windows.
Currently British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical store occupies the property over two storeys. However, the 1960s building, which previously housed the CO-OP and Mackays stores, will become three smaller shops plus 10 flats.
The rear of the site faces onto Herbert Place and towards the multi storey car park.
Several objections to the overall scheme comment on the proposed height of the building and the predicted negative impact of 10 residential units in a commercial trading area.
However, council planning officers say: “Many of the commercial buildings within the High Street have residential accommodation within the upper floors and the additional accommodation proposed would be compatible with neighbouring uses and it is unlikely that increased residential use of the premises would impact on the carrying on of any trade, business or other uses of the land in the area.”
The case officer recommends that councillors approve the application subject securing developer contribution, and safeguarding conditions.
Ward councillor Helen Whitehead has called the application in to be discussed at a planning committee meeting on September 20.