PLANS have been submitted to transform former dairy offices into new apartments and shops to regenerate an area of Redditch.

A derelict office block on Birmingham Road, once used by Unigate Dairies, could get a 'much-needed lift in appearance' if the proposal is approved by Redditch Borough Council.

The plans would see the ground floor of the two-story building used for six small retail units, with five new apartments on the first floor.

There would also be a two-storey extension to the front and side of the block, as well as wheelchair access points.

According to the application: “The existing building is basically semi-derelict and obviously being used as a dumping ground for damaged vehicles, which does not lend itself to the potentially vibrant appearance that this part of Redditch could achieve by regeneration.

“The proposal will give the site a much-needed lift in both appearance and general vibrancy.

“Birmingham Road itself is a main thoroughfare into the town centre and the current appearance with wrecked vehicles to the frontage, does not lend itself to the image that Redditch would want to promote.”

Birmingham Road residents left enthusiastic comments on the council website about the plans.

One resident said: "This will be a good opportunity to revamp that particular part of the Birmingham Road, to a condition that will match the quality of the new builds within this area.

"For many years this building has looked tatty and uncared for, if the site was developed, it would enhance the area and create new opportunities for small businesses and offer a solution to the problem of lack of social housing within Redditch."

Another said: "I am happy with this development this will bring more jobs to our community. As I live on Birmingham road this will be a positive step in the right direction."

Another called it a "fantastic proposal" and said: "We need shops close to us - this will bring extra jobs to our area this will make the site look better."