A LARGE town centre eyesore in Wirral could soon be demolished, with plush flats and new shops built in its place.

Plans have been submitted for the block of three shops near Wallasey Village Road roundabout to be knocked down and replaced with something more modern.

The application was validated by Wirral council last week.

Submitted by Sound Leisure Limited, they are intended to meet the retail and housing needs of the Wallasey Village area.

While the identity of the shops occupying the units is as yet unknown, the development will contain nine "good quality" apartments.

The current site was built in the 1940s and added to in the '50s and '70s. The development on Leasowe Road is intended to add to the village's offering of restaurants, shops and bars.

According to NS Architects, the agent involved in the plans, the new building will "reference" the curved brick structure sitting next door, which is of "decent architectural quality and built from good quality materials".

The three shops will be on the ground floor, with the eight two-bed and single one-bed apartments in the first and second floors above it.

The design and access statement submitted along with the plans said: "The site is currently occupied by a mixture of poor quality brown brick buildings and very badly maintained white clad buildings in poor condition.

"The buildings are mainly flat roofed, and of very poor architectural quality.

"The site sits next to an attractive curved brick building of decent architectural quality, built from good quality materials, nicely detailed with feature dormer windows.

"It is the architectural features of this building we hope to reference with our design proposals."