OFFICES over the top of a block of shops in Fleet Road, Fleet, can be turned into flats, Hart's Development Control Committee has decided.

In addition another 12 flats can be built in the car park that currently serves the offices.

The outline proposals from Thales Properties envisage 34 homes over 299-313 Fleet Road, a block that includes Just Pine/Just Cane, O-Toulouse restaurant, Tote Bookmakers and Property Gallery. Access to both schemes will be from Albert Street.

A quarter of the homes over the shops will be allocated for social housing. A report commissioned by the developers said that the offices were outdated. Hart planning spokesman Giorgio Framalicco said the committee believed that the scheme was good for the town centre.