A VILLAGE pub is looking to convert storage space into a new bar and kitchenette as part of renovation plans.

The plans were submitted to Braintree Council to change an outbuilding attached to The Kings Head in Pebmarsh, so they can add new facilities inside.

The proposals covered in the application are almost entirely in the rear, newer, part of the building.

There are two major changes proposed, these being the creation of a loft storage area above an entrance lobby, accessed by a new stair in the barn, and the creation of a new bar and kitchenette area in an adjacent building, currently used as a store.

The existing men’s toilets will also be removed to give direct access to the barn and would be moved to a new location in the corridor adjacent to the existing ladies toilet.

In the application, the planners say “the pub is very short of storage space already, so it is a high priority to provide storage for Christmas decorations and so on”.

It is proposed to build the lobby walls in green oak framing with plaster panels, which would provide support for a loft above.

Plans for the renovation say the lobby will keep with the timber-framed structure but will be recognisably new because of slightly different oak used.

The proposed new bar location will be accessed via the removal of most or all of a modern brick wall.

The walls will then be insulated and lined, a wooden bar built, and a range of the usual cupboards, shelves and various items of kitchen and bar equipment installed.

A modern brick wall dividing the barn from the adjacent store will be knocked down, with the applicant saying it is “a jarring modern feature in an otherwise period setting”.

They hope removing it will not only benefit the barn but will enable much more efficient use of the space and enhance it as a facility for functions.

Minor works will also include the air conditioning of the snug, and a proposal to open up a currently boarded window in the north gable of the barn above the existing back door.

Full plans have been submitted alongside listed building consent, which will now be ruled on by Braintree Council.