PLANS have been drawn up to demolish a convenience store and flats above it and to rebuild the premises.

Proposals have been submitted to the council relating to Lee's Off Licence on Westleigh Lane, Leigh.

Planning permission had previously been granted to make internal alterations and create a single-storey rear extension at the shop.

However, plans, submitted by applicant Lee Das, say the building's "poor state of repair" mean a demolition is necessary.

A design and access statement says: "We are very keen to implement these changes but on further inspection of the existing building it has

become apparent that the building has had many changes in the past and is in a poor state of repair.

"For that reason we are now proposing to demolish the existing building and replace it with essentially what has been recently approved but with some minor alterations to improve the living space in two of the three flats and build up to the perimeter wall on the side boundary.

"The proposals are part of the modernisation and improvements to the shop and we feel the new build will enhance the appearance on Westleigh Lane and give a new lease of life to the site".

They add t"he shop will be extended to the rear of the property to gain some much needed shop space along with new staff facilities and very much needed storage area.

"At the first floor the three flats will be revised internally to improve living standards and increase fire safety.

"Two of the flats will be extended slightly".

The scale of the proposal "is very much as previously approved with only minor changes" it adds.

Plans are on consultation until Monday, November 30.