A FORMER nightclub in Clacton could be converted into flats if plans get the green light.

Abdul Salam has submitted blueprints to change the first and second floors of Vice Versa, in Rosemary Road, into 17 flats.

It would also include the construction of a new third floor.

The nightclub closed in May 2010 and has been empty ever since, although the ground floor has been converted into a shop unit.

Clacton History Society chairman Norman Jacobs says the building - which dates back to 1893 - should not be turned into flats.

“It’s a very important part of Clacton’s history,” he said.

“It was built in 1893 as part of the original town hall complex and was used as the Operetta House theatre."

Agent Nadeem Dar said the scheme maintains a modern feel that is sympathetic to the architecture of Rosemary Road and the High Street.

A decision on the application is expected to be made by Tendring Council by September 1.