PLANS to build more than 50 homes on the site of an historic hotel have been put forward.

The listed Raven Hotel in Droitwich would be party demolished to make way for 51 new homes, preserving the long-term future of the building.

The central part of the St Andrews Road hotel which is grade II-listed - and dates back to the late 16th century - will be kept as well as some of the later buildings.

A plan to build up to 51 homes, which included a mix of flats, terraced, detached and semi-detached homes, as well as space for a bar and restaurant was backed in 2018 by the council.

The new plan would now see only homes built on the site including nine two-and-three-bed flats, 22 terraced houses and 20 two-to-four-bed homes.

The hotel had fallen into a shocking state of disrepair and pictures emerged on social media late last year showing the extent of the damage.

Many people were left angry and disappointed that the historic building had been left to fall into such a bad state.

Wychavon District Council said the pictures that surface online showed damage to the 'newer' parts of the hotel which had seen roof tiles and copper wire stripped from the building.

The newer sections had also suffered severe weather damage and had been the site of regular fly-tipping.

A heritage statement included with the application said: "The proposals for a new residential development of 51 dwellings at the site of the former Raven Hotel in Droitwich can be recommended for approval as there would be no harm to the character or appearance of the conservation are or to the listed buildings and their setting.

"The development would secure the optimum viable use of the deteriorating heritage assets."

The plans can be viewed via the planning section of Wychavon District Council's website.

The application number is 20/02623/FUL.

Public consultation ends on February 4.