A PLANNING application has been submitted to convert a former office in Bury town centre into two Airbnb apartments.

The proposed renovation on the second floor of the listed building at 16 Market Street would see a number of internal alterations together with a new external wrought iron staircase at the rear.

The building, which is next to Mill Gate Shopping Centre and opposite The Met, was previously used by the Nationwide Building Society as a branch office before it was relocated.

The building is currently occupied by Wax and Beans, Bury’s only independent record store and coffee shop, the owners of which are behind the application.

A Design and Access Statement said: "The amount of development proposed is minimal and requires the relocation and reconfiguration of an existing staircase together with facilities for two Airbnb apartments.

"Directly opposite is The Met which provides live music and entertainment and is frequented by people from other towns and would attract people who would use the Airbnb accommodation."

Built between 1850 and 1860, the building was grade II listed in 1985.

"The previous application for change of use to a cafe was supported by the council planning officer and his input at the time of the submission was most beneficial to the original scheme which has subsequently proved an award winning enterprise.

"The current proposal is to provide financial stability of the brand and to provide long term longevity of use and upkeep of the building within the conservation area."