AN application has been submitted for a Victorian-style gin palace in Worcester.

A licensing application has been made by Amber Taverns Ltd for a Hogarths on Angel Street, Worcester.

If approved, it will operate from the former Co-op supermarket premises.

Gary Roberts, operations director at Amber Taverns Ltd, said: "I can confirm that we have applied for a premises licence and plan to invest £1.4m in the development of the former Co-op to transform it into a Hogarths gin palace."

Angel Street is part of a cumulative impact policy area which means applicants have to prove that a premises opening will not harm public safety, cause a nuisance or encourage crime and disorder.

West Mercia Police have already objected to the application which means Amber Taverns Ltd will have to attend a licensing committee hearing to demonstrate there will be no negative impact on the area if it opens.

The approval of the licence will also depend on planning permission.

Hogarths specialise in gin with over 150 available in their bars as well as gin sharing platters.

It also serves a wide range of beers, ciders and real ales.

Hogarths brews four types of cask ale at its micro-brewery in Bolton which is then served throughout its pubs.

If the licence is granted, the gin palace would be open until 12.30am every day and 1.30am on Friday and Saturday.

Amber Taverns Ltd own 130 pubs across the North West, North East, the Midlands and Wales, 11 of which are Hogarths gin palaces.

A £750,000 Hogarths opened in Commercial Road, Hereford in July 2016.