A PLAN to demolish an animal sanctuary charity shop to make way for 10 homes has been submitted to the council.

Sambourne Donkey Sanctuary which sits on the corner of Avon Street and Littleworth Street in Evesham would be completely knocked down under the plan and replaced with eight homes and two flats.

A communal parking area with ten car parking space - with electric charging points - and five cycling spaces would also be built.

The design of the two-storey building would be similar to already approved housing developments in Littleworth Street and the 29 apartments development approved off Brick Kiln Street.

No significant items of historical or archaeological value were found when neighbouring land was assessed for an approved scheme to build the 12 apartments in Littleworth Street.

Archaeological officers at the district council have said the area covered by the proposed homes and flats could be of archaeological significance and have asked a condition is included for the proper archaeological work to take place before any work begins.

The building is believed to be more than 100 years old but is of little historical significance.

The site however did form part of the gardens of Dresden House from the William and Mary era.

A stone wall which is believed to have been the rear boundary of the mansion onto Littleworth Street would be carefully preserved and used as part of a key feature of the new homes and flats.

The wall would form a footpath between the new homes and the road.

A design statement put together by architects Highbury Design has said the homes and flats have been designed to appeal to young couples looking to start out on the housing ladder as well as retired couples looking to downsize and live near the town centre.

The eight studio homes include amenity space and a communal space would be built for the two one-bedroom flats.

Consultation on the plans is open until April 4 and comments can be made via the planning section of Wychavon District Council's website.