PLANS have been lodged to convert a ‘redundant’ post office in south Cumbria into a flat.

Kirkby Platinum has submitted an application to Westmorland and Furness Council to determine if prior approval is required to convert a post office into a  a ground floor flat on School Road in Kirkby-in-Furness.

The council rejected previous proposals from Kirkby Platinum to convert Moorland Stores and the post office on School Road in Kirkby-in-Furness into two flats in December, but the new application is for the post office only.

The developer had previously applied to the council to determine if prior approval was required for the proposed change from a ‘redundant shop and post office’ into two ground floor flats, but the application received 40 objections and was refused.

Planning officers ruled the principle of the development for the previous application was ‘not acceptable’ as the existing use fell in planning terms under local community use and not commercial use as the shop mostly sold ‘essential goods’ and there is no alternative store within a kilometre.

This application is now undergoing public consultation.