Pub giant JD Wetherspoon has submitted a £1.3m investment plan to transform a former Coop in Dovercourt, Essex into the brand’s next hotel venture.
Wetherspoon purchased the historic building in September 2015 and has now submitted a planning application to Tendring District Council to give the property a new lease of life as a pub along with nine hotel rooms.
A number of local residents have backed the scheme, saying it would be good for the eyesore building.
The application states: “It is to be regretted so many of the building’s original features have been allowed to deteriorate. Consideration will be given to the principle of restoring some of these features in the entirety of the proposals.
“The applicant will invest a considerable sum in the acquisition, repair, refurbishment, and refitting of the building.
Eddie Gershon, Wetherspoon spokesman, said: “We are as keen as ever to open a pub a pub in Dovercourt.
“We believe a Wetherspoon pub and hotel will be a great benefit to the town and also act as a catalyst for other businesses to invest in Harwich itself.
“We are pleased that planning is now in and will await the outcome.”
Tendring District Council is due to make a decision on the plans by March 29.