A FORMER restaurant in Henley could be extended as it is being turned into a house.
Planning permission to turn Antico in Upper Market Place into a six-bedroom house was granted last year.
Now an application has been made to replace the rear extension and reinstate a staircase design at the Grade II listed property.
A design and access statement prepared by Spratley Studios, of Henley, said: “Proposed alterations aim to improve the layout of the house while respecting the existing fabric.
“The staircase amendment will open up a previous staircase that was infilled as part of building works in the early Eighties.
“The existing rear extension will be replaced with a solution that is more sympathetic to the listed building. The thermal properties of the new extension will be improved significantly.
“The roof of the existing rear extension was previously used as a fire escape from a first floor dining room. The escape route is now out of use.”
The building’s footprint would remain the same.
Henley town council’s planning committee has recommended the application is approved by South Oxfordshire District Council.
The Italian restaurant closed in December 2014 after more than 30 years when co-owner Valerio Filippini decided to retire and help out his wife’s business.