A BID to demolish a former church – most recently used as a boxing gym – and replace it with flats has been submitted to East Lothian Council.

REM Associates have lodged planning applications seeking to replace the 18th century former Tranent Methodist Church building on Bridge Street with four two-bedroom flats.

They submitted the applications on behalf of businessman and premises owner Alex Brown, who founded Bronx Boxing Gym, which was based at the old church, a decade ago.

In recent years, Mr Brown had no involvement in the running of the boxing club but still let its boxers use the building.

However, costly repairs were needed to make the former church safe, which led to the boxing club vacating the premises.

Earlier this year, the club moved to the newly established Fit-in Fitness Gym on High Street, Musselburgh.

A planning application has been submitted for the former church building and the east wall which faces the car park on Coal Neuk to be demolished.

Drawings included within a second planning application show designs for erecting four two-bedroom flats with a basement car park with space for four cars.