There are plans to convert a former wine bar and bistro in Helston into seven flats in the town centre.

Planning permission has been sought by the owners of 15 Coinagehall Street, which once traded as Figs Bistro, to turn the building fronting the main street and a number of outbuildings at the back into homes.

In documents prepared by planning consultants on behalf of Nigel Scott-Moncrieff and his wife, it is stated that the Grade II listed property, which historically was operated as a dentist surgery between the 1910s and the 1970s, has stayed “mostly empty and unused” and has been for sale since 2010. Despite early interest it has remained unsold, with the ground and lower ground floors laid out as kitchens, bars and restaurant areas and accommodation upstairs.

A previous application in 2011, to change the use of the building to entirely residential, was refused by Cornwall Council.

The proposal is to create four one-bedroom and three two-bedroom homes, out of the main four-storey building and two outbuildings.

“Principle architectural features throughout the building would be maintained and better revealed,” the planning documents state, adding “some parking would be made available” in the existing spaces at the back.

Helston Town Council’s planning committee will debate the proposal when members meet on Thursday, with Cornwall Council due to make the final decision in August. Members of the public have until July 25 to contact the council with their view.