A FORMER 99p store could be turned into a two-storey flat block and three new shops should proposals be approved by civic chiefs.

Applicant Gatwick Investments Limited has submitted plans to Southampton City Council to transform Max 99p on Victoria Road in Woolston into five flats and three different shops - but no additional parking spaces.

The proposals detail plans for a first storey extension on the old budget store building.

The first floor will be used to create one two-bedroom flat and four one-bedroom flats.

Each of the proposed residential flats will have access to a private amenity area.

The flats facing Victoria Road will have a balcony, and the flats to the rear of the property will have a larger roof terrace each.

The ground floor will then be divided up three ways to form three small shop units to make it “easier” to find a suitable occupier long-term to keep the high street active.

The shop has been shut for almost two years.

It is located close by to Riverside in Woolston with greenspaces in walking distance such as Peartrees Common, Weston Shore and Archery Road, Itchen Way where open space and playgrounds are provided.

The site is also located next to a number of bus stops with frequent links to the city centre as well as Woolston railway station.

The applicant has described the proposal as “nil parking” which means no parking spaces will be provided for residents.