Northumberland pub lodges plan to triple number of bedrooms

Plans to triple the number of rooms at a popular north Northumberland pub have been lodged.

Friday, 22nd November 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 22nd November 2019, 6:00 am
The White Swan, Warenford.

A planning application has been submitted by Diane Hay for a two-storey extension at The White Swan Inn at Warenford to provide an additional six bedrooms.

The pub, located just off the A1 five miles south of Belford, currently has three bedrooms.

A report submitted alongside the application states: ‘The current arrangement of three letting bedrooms has an occupancy of 95% from April to September.

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‘The addition of six additional, high quality en-suite bedrooms of various sizes and arrangements will prove to be a more sustainable business model, enabling a greater turnover of bedrooms, breakfasts and evening meals that will provide additional year-round employment.’

The proposed new rooms would be on the southern end of the existing building. The three ground floor rooms would be wheelchair accessible.

It is also planned to convert the garage to provide management accommodation on site.

‘The conversion is essential for the operation of the business,’ states the report. ‘On-site staff will facilitate the day-to-day running of the business and reduce the reliance on public transport which is time limited to 8pm and the need for private car use.’

The applicant says the proposal will have no impact on the Grade II listed Warenford Bridge, some 40metres away.

The report adds: ‘Warenford is an ideal location for hotel accommodation