The former Deeks & King offices in Derby Road will soon be home to eight people, after plans for a new house of multiple occupation (HMO) were given the go-ahead.

Plans to convert the offices into an HMO were first received by Ipswich Borough Council in December.

Four bedrooms will be located on both the ground floor and the first floor. Floor plans show that a sitting room and a kitchen will also be located on the ground floor, while a shared bathroom will be located on the first floor.

Of the eight bedrooms, six will have their own ensuite bathrooms.

A planning statement prepared by the Ipswich-based Wilkinson planning consultants said that the site will be kept secure using a locked entry system.

A list of “occupier requirements was also included, which shows that the building will operate a strict no smoking police, and that residents will be required to “be respectful to other members of the house and neighbours”.

Ipswich Borough Council gave permission for the development to go ahead on Thursday.