PLANS to convert part of a Sedgley shopping precinct into flats have been recommended for approval by planning chiefs.

Planning permission has been sought to convert the storage area of a convenience store on Alderwood Precinct into four flats.

The original application looked to add five apartments to the shopping centre off the Northway, but plans were scaled down following complaints from neighbours.

Six objections were made to the original plan, citing noise, parking, waste and ownership concerns.

A petition was also set up by neighbours in objection to the scheme on noise on parking grounds, which garnered 19 signatures.

The amended plans were then put to the community and no additional objections were received, planning documents state.

If implemented, the flats will include five car parking spaces at the front of the store and a shared vehicle charging point.

The planning report concludes: "The principle of the proposed residential use is acceptable within this area and is unlikely to cause harm to neighbouring occupier amenity. There would be no adverse effect on the streetscene or the character of the area, and highway safety would not be prejudiced. The proposal is therefore compliant with policy and the associated guidance."

Planning officers have recommended the plan to be approved ahead of it being discussed at Dudley Council's Development Control Committee on February 6.