A PLAN to build holiday lodges next to a country pub at the foot of the Malvern Hills has been revealed.

The owners of the Marlbank Inn in Welland near Malvern have put forward plans to build eight holiday lodges on land next to the village pub and restaurant.

The site off Marlbank Road would see two-bed and three-bed lodges built if the plans are approved by Malvern Hills District Council.

Part of the land has already been used as a site for touring caravans and car park.

The latest drawings show the pub’s garden and car park would be redesigned and a new car park for the holiday lodges would also be built.

Worcester News: PLAN: The proposed layout for the new lodges, car park and new entrance at the Marlbank Inn

The current “slightly awkward” entrance would be removed in favour of a new access route further away from the pub on a straighter part of Marlbank Road.

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A statement included with the application said: “The lodges would replace some existing touring caravan and camping pitches so there would be a limited increase in traffic generation associated with the development.

“The number of lodges proposed is considered to be appropriate in scale to the site and the local area and would assist in supporting the existing business operating from the site.

“The proposal is of a modest scale, with a low density that would be considered appropriate for the rural area.

“The lodges would be sited upon a grassed area to the east of the Inn that is currently used for camping.

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“The lodges would provide both two-bed and three-bed accommodation with five two-bedroom units and three larger three-bed lodges. Both lodge types would be timber-clad and provided with decking and outdoor seating areas.

“The site is in a suitable and convenient location for visitor accommodation, and within easy reach of attractions in Worcester, Malvern, and Upton-upon-Severn.”

The menu at the Marlbank Inn offers Indian dishes, street food and tandoori grills.

Owner Amit Panwar appeared on Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars where he was cooking for a chance to win £150,000.

You can have your say on the plan by visiting Malvern Hills District Council’s website. The application number is M/23/01072/FUL and consultation ends on September 27.