A major scheme to revamp a Whitehaven building has been withdrawn – but fresh plans are set to be submitted this week.

Eros Properties Ltd has pulled its application to Copeland Council to demolish retail units, including Argos, on Quay Street, and build an office and retail complex.

The withdrawn plan would have seen a six-storey building, with offices, ground floor retail space and an 89-space car park.

However, the applicant's agent Barton Willmore revealed more detailed plans will be submitted later this week.

This follows consultation with council officers and the neighbouring St Gregory's and St Patrick's chapel.

The proposed development site falls inside a conservation area.

St Gregory's and St Patrick's chapel is currently adjoined to the two buildings which could be knocked down and Fr Cenydd Marrison has previously called for the developers "to protect and enhance the chapel's presence on the marina".

Copeland mayor Mike Starkie has previously welcomed the plans for an office and retail complex.

He said: "I welcome anything which will aid the economy in Whitehaven and the wider Copeland area and I am keen to encourage anything that will help the town.

"There are exciting times ahead for Whitehaven and Copeland, with the North Shore development and other opportunities.

"There are some great opportunities for businesses coming into the town and the area."