Offices in Eastleigh could be turned into a house in multiple occupation under new plans put forward to the borough council.

The site at 91 Leigh Road is a two-story, semi-detached building used as offices along a short terrace, which is mainly used for commercial purposes.

L and D Bowers and Drever, with agent Appelcore PDM, have now submitted a planning application to Eastleigh Borough Council for the change of use of 91 Leigh Road, from offices to an eight-bedroom house in multiple occupations (HMO).

The building is close to the junction of Leigh Road and Romsey Road and is within a 10-minute walk of both Eastleigh bus and rail stations and the Swan Centre shopping mall, plans said.

Documents showed the bedrooms would range from 12.17 sqm to 19.02 sqm. All rooms will also benefit from en-suite bathroom facilities, a kitchen, and communal space with a separate utility area.

A boundary fence with lockable gates is proposed to enclose the property. This will also allow for the provision of a communal garden space.

Up to three parking spaces have been allocated to the rear for storing bicycles.

The application said that the conversion of the property to residential use would “fulfil the potential of this large and spacious building” since large offices are “becoming less of a requirement”.

HMO provides homes for young professionals who cannot afford to get on the property ladder and for whom shared living properties provide an all-bills included option for independent living.

Public consultation will be open until June 20. To submit your comments, visit Eastleigh Borough Council planning portal with the reference number 13075950.