PLANS to convert a vacant historic building in Cirencester into nine apartments and to construct five new town houses in its courtyard have been put forward.

Residents have been encouraged to give feedback on a proposal to transform a large Grade II listed building in Cirencester’s town centre, 5 Dyer Street, into residential accommodation.

The historic building comprises of three floors plus a basement.

It has been occupied by a range of commercial uses over the years, including a bank, the Rural District Council and more recently the Friendly and Mutual Society.

Dyer Street Properties, a private company that buys and sells real estate, purchased the property more than four years ago and had an office there for a period in 2021, but it has since been empty.

Some of the building’s original internal features remain such as the fire surrounds, window shutters and architraves, but are in need of repair.

Keen to breathe life back into the building, Dyer Street Properties has put forward plans to convert this large commercial office space into seven two-bed apartments and two one-bed apartments.

It is also keen to construct five new town houses – three two-bed houses and two three-bed houses – in the rear courtyard. Plans for private car parking (with EV charging facilities), cycle storage and tree planting in the courtyard have also been proposed.

Residents have been invited give feedback on this proposal via a questionnaire on before plans are officially submitted to Cotswold District Council.