PERMISSION is being sought for a North Berwick property to be knocked down and replaced by four flats.

Plans have been submitted to East Lothian Council by Douglas Thomson, on behalf of Ewen Burnett, for the single-storey house at 1 Kings Knoll – immediately to the west of the 19th-century B-listed Kings Knoll building – to be knocked down and four flats built in its place.

The historic main property of Kings Knoll – itself now divided into flats – is not affected.

The proposals include part of a wall on bordering Clifford Road being lowered to improve visibility at the junction with Kings Knoll Gardens.

If the plans are approved, four trees out of about 80 on site would be felled to make way for the new flats and driveway, which would have space for six cars.

The flats would be split over two floors, with the tallest point lower than that of the neighbouring house.

The ground floor would consist of a two-bedroomed flat and a three-bedroomed flat, with a private balcony. Upstairs would be a one bedroom and two-bedroom flat, both having access to a private balcony.

Unlike the current dwelling which would be demolished if approval is granted, the new flats proposed to be built in its place would not be joined onto the main Kings Knoll building.