An empty Grade II listed building is to be converted into six flats alongside three town houses.

Although concerns were raised about parking, Ivy House in the High Street, Bushey, will be redeveloped into new homes.

Kemp Place Residents Association chairman Murray Lee spoke against the plans.

He said: “There is not enough parking here. I live nearby and I struggle to find a space. We think nine units will need 18 spaces but only eight have been provided.

“We have problems too around this junction of Kemp Place and the High Street. It’s hazardous with cars stopping on double yellow lines.”

It was suggested people could use Kemp Place public car park but this was considered unfair for drivers who were visiting the area to park.

Last night, councillors on Hertsmere Borough Council’s planning committee acknowledged there were issues about parking but felt the design of the building was acceptable, which was the overriding factor in accepting the proposal.

Planning officers have worked with the developer particularly on the roof design, but Cllr Jane West mentioned that the roof appeared to be “quite large”.

The scheme will see Ivy House turned into five two-bedroom flats and a one-bedroom flat.

A 1980s rear extension is to be demolished and three town houses are to be built. The extension already had listed consent.

Nine cycling spaces are to be provided alongside the eight parking spaces.

Cllr’s West and Kashif Merchant voted against the plans while Cllr John Graham abstained.

A separate application seeking listed building consent was passed by all councillors.