A music store is "looking to relocate", according to a planning application which bids to turn a floor above it into flats.

IPE Developments has sought approval from Havering Council to change the use of the second storey in Chesham House in Romford from commercial to residential, and build nine flats.

DV247 music store, that sells music equipment and other products, has been operating out of the building since June 2013.

Statements by the store’s manager, Blane Cox, and head of finance, Kim Noel-Johnson, attached with the application suggest that the ground floor is mostly being used as a retail space with their storage facility on the first floor above.

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The top floor, they said, had an office for admin use but it has been vacant for the last three months. This space is the subject of the planning application.

The statements also revealed that the store is "looking to relocate from Chesham House entirely" as it is “not the optimum retail location”. It “no longer needs large store areas and ancillary offices”, they said.

The proposed residential apartments are said to be a mix of one studio, three one-bed flats and five two-bed flats. A summary report further added that the flats, if approved, will make use of the existing entrances and stairs accessed from Chesham House.

A decision on the proposal is expected to be taken by November 15.

Detailed planning documents can be accessed on council’s website: https://development.havering.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/planningDetails?reference=J0032.23&from=planningSearch