An historically important building in Diss could be turned back into houses.
Solicitors Steeles Law, which currently occupy the Grade II*-listed property at 2 and 2A Mount Street is in the process of looking for new premises.
Plans have been submitted to subdivide the building into two homes.
A statement supporting the application states that the old building is not suited to the demands of a modern office, including new legislation surrounding fire safety and access for the disabled.
It stated that the building was in danger of becoming disused because it would not be as attractive to rent as purpose-built offices. Turning it into homes, would preserve the building’s future.
It also stated that any conversion of the building would “retain as much of the character and fabric of the building as possible.”
Stephen Drake, CEO of Steeles Law, said: “I’m pleased to confirm that Steeles Law has no plans to leave Diss. We are currently in the process of looking for new office premises in the town which will allow us to provide easier access for our clients, particularly those who are less mobile and find the stairs in our current building to be quite a challenge. Steeles Law has a long history as part of the Diss community and we remain as committed to the town as ever.”
South Norfolk Council is yet to hear the plans.