Plans to build 16 new flats on the site of a former tyre shop in Southampton have been given the go-ahead by civic chiefs.

The plans lodged by Fareham-based Nova Planning Limited include the tearing down of the site on Onslow Road and replacing with it a four-storey block.

The building operated as a tyre shop with offices and storage space on the first floor until 2016.

It has subsequently acted as storage for Silverlake’s main base.

The site has currently been boarded up but signs of BGB Engineering remain on display.

READ MORE: Plans to build seven new flats on Onslow Road have been approved

The new block will include four ground-level flats, four on the first floor, three on the second, three on the third and two penthouses on the fourth floor.

At ground level, there will be an enclosed bin and cycle store with 16 cycle spaces and two visitor cycle spaces.

A similar proposal for the construction of a four-storey block for nine flats was previously approved but this has now been replaced with these.

Daily Echo: Plans lodged by Fareham-based Nova Planning for Onslow Road, Southampton

The Design and Planning statement said these plans will address the “identified housing need in Southampton”.

The plans claim the site is supported by existing services and facilities within walking distance and "excellent access" to public transport.

The homes will be one and two-bedroom apartments and four will be affordable renting while two will be on a shared ownership scheme.

Regarding parking, the plans said: “The site is situated in the city centre with a wide range of existing facilities and services within walking distance.

“It is also located on a high-frequency bus route providing connections to other city centre locations and Southampton Train Station.

“Given the site’s accessibility merits and recent approvals in the area for other flatted development with zero car parking, the proposal does not include any car parking.”

Plans to demolish a two-storey building and replace it with seven flats on Onslow Road were previously given the green light in July.