A pub on the A272 could get a major facelift as proposals for a new entrance and guest accommodation block have been handed to planners.

Hall & Woodhouse wants to roll out the barrel at the Seven Stars as the Dorset firm wants to add 18 guest bedrooms to the Stroud watering hole.

The barn-like building has been earmarked for land between the existing pub and Ramsdean Road while changes are also planned to the entrance with a new lobby and veranda both proposed.

The applicants believe the changes will boost tourism and the local economy as there is a well-documented lack of accommodation in the South Downs National Park.

They also insist the development will improve the long-term viability of the pub by improving trade throughout the year and providing more opportunities for employment.

The plans also include changes to access with the small pond being removed to make way for a single and safer entry and exit point off the A272.

An enhanced and larger fish-free wildlife pond with native British plant species would be created between the accommodation and a reconfigured car park with 88 spaces.

For more information or to comment type 01150 after following the searching SDNPA applications link at www.easthants.gov.uk/planning