A FORMER Southampton bank could be turned into flats.

The building of theTSB bank in High Street is set to be transformed into three flats.

According to the proposals, one one bedroom and two two-bedroom flats could be created on the first and second floor.

The news comes as the building  is empty with the only TSB branch in the city now being in Above Bar Street.

As previously reported, over the past years police were called to the High Street building a number of times as  groups of up to 15 teenagers climbed onto the roof.

Now a formal planning application for the change of use of the first and second floor has been submitted to Southampton City Council.

According to the planning documents, the proposals have been put forward by Mr P. Harding. But further details have not been disclosed.

The agent Concept Design & Planning declined to comment.

But Bargate councillor Sarah Bogle said the site is a “permitted development” as it is conversion from office to housing and therefore will not need further planning permission.

She added: “I am not comfortable with the way permitted development is working in terms of quality of some residential developments arising but don’t have a strong objection to this proposal.”

The news comes as a number of other schemes are also planned for the High Street.

As previously reported, last year civic chiefs approved plans for a new hotel at the site once occupied by NatWest in High Street.

Meanwhile, plans for a seven-storey block of flats behind the Dolphin Hotel were unveiled earlier this week.

According to the proposal, the new building would contain 72 flats.