Empty offices in the centre of Preston could be transformed into more than 70 new homes.
Proposals have been submitted to change the use of vacant offices in Market Street’s Lime House into 72 self-contained flats.
A prior notification submission was lodged with Preston City Council, requesting a change of use for the third to tenth-floor offices.
Labour councillor Yakub Patel, who represents the town centre ward, said he thought it was a good idea to convert the offices into new flats.
He said: “If there’s anything that can help accommodation-wise, because the town centre has always been deprived as far as housing issues are concerned, then that’s good.”
Coun Patel added: “A most important issue we are trying to address is encouraging people to come back into the city centre.
“People are building property on the outskirts of Preston, and it means we are losing our green space, and it’s dragging people from the city centre area.
“If we carry on like this, we won’t have much green space left and, at the same time, the town centre area will become more and more deprived.
“So as far as the economy is concerned for Preston town centre, it won’t do any good for people to keep moving out.”
Architects Firth Associates are acting as agent for the applicant, and will be designing the flats should the application be granted.
Director Joel Firth said: “We promote any regeneration in the city centre.
“We embrace any redevelopment of any city centre buildings, that’s what we do.”
A prior notification submission to change the use of vacant second floor offices in the building into nine self-contained flats was lodged earlier in the year, and was approved in principle.
The latest submission is awaiting a decision from the council.
A security and crime analysis has also been submitted to the council by Lancashire Constabulary’s architectural liaison officer in relation to the proposals.