Empty offices in a Grade II listed building could be turned into four studio maisonettes.

Plans have been submitted to transform parts of the lower ground floor and the ground floor of Oliver House in Marine Parade, Brighton, into homes.

The maisonettes would have a kitchen and bathroom on the lower ground floor and the living room and bedroom on the ground floor.

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A new private entrance would be created at the lower level of the building.

Lewis and Co Planning, on behalf of Bridgewater Investments Limited, said the maisonettes would be good quality and would not affect the external appearance of the building.

A spokesman said: "The former offices have been vacant for a period of three and half years (lower ground) and two years (ground floor).

"The building has been marketed for re-use as offices during this period and no new office occupier has sought to take over the building. The loss of the offices is therefore acceptable.

"The four new dwellings will make a valuable contribution to local housing supply at a time of housing shortage."

Brighton and Hove City Council will decide on the plans by August 26.