PLANS for a new restaurant and cocktail bar in Corbridge have been unveiled.

Mick Forster, a director of company The Sycamore Restaurant LTD, has applied for a premises licence for the Old Town Hall Buildings on Princes Street.

The Grade II listed building was previously home to the Duck House, which was also a restaurant and cocktail bar.

According to the application lodged with Northumberland County Council, the premises will be open to the public from 9am to midnight during the week, 9am to 2am on Friday and Saturday, and 9am to 10pm on Sunday.

The application states supply of alcohol would be until midnight Monday to Thursday, until 1am on Friday and Saturday, and until 10pm on Sunday.

It said: "Sycamore Corbridge is to be located over two floors within the Old Town Hall buildings in the prominent tourist village of Corbridge, situated within the heart of the Tyne Valley.

"The Grade II listed building is currently being developed by the Sycamore team to become a 50 cover, relaxed fine dining restaurant on the first floor and a 30 person capacity cocktails/drinks bar on the ground floor."

In October last year, Mr Forster applied for planning application to change the use of the premises from a shop and café to a restaurant.

Documents submitted alongside the application showed the applicant planned to make internal alterations to remove more of the internal walls on the first floor and stair lobby, as well as to remove two small areas of internal wall either side of the bar on the first floor.

In an impact assessment also submitted alongside the application, Mr Forster's agent Simon Timperley said: "There are public benefits in bringing a listed building back into productive use as a restaurant including the substantial investment in refurbishing the building, the contribution to the economy of Corbridge with people visiting the restaurant and making linked trips to other facilities and the new restaurant will contribute to the night time economy and improve the vitality and viability of the village centre at a time when such investment is very important."

The planning application was approved earlier this year.

The consultation period for the licence application ends on June 24.