A four-bed terraced home near Ipswich's Christchurch Park may become a new house of multiple occupancy (HMO) if plans are approved.

Plans were received by Ipswich Borough Council on Wednesday to turn the house in Newson Street, which is currently a residential property, into a five-bedroom HMO.

The dining room and living room on the ground floor would become two bedrooms, with the floor also consisting of a kitchen, bathroom and hallways.

Where there are currently four bedrooms upstairs, these would become three bedrooms and a shared room, if plans are approved.

Overall, five people would be accommodated. There are no proposals for external alterations.

The application is for a certificate of lawful development, which would establish the lawfulness of the change of use from a dwelling house to a small HMO, a shared house occupied by between three and six unrelated people who share basic amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom.

The site is near the park, to the north of Ipswich town centre.

A decision is expected on the application in due course.