PLANS have been put forward to make a number of changes to a historical tea room in Ulverston.

An application has been submitted to South Lakeland District Council to complete renovation work at Gillam's Tearoom in Market Street.

Owner Doug Gillam proposed plans to demolish the existing outbuilding and construct a new attached store room.

The business has been open since 2006 and underwent an expansion into a specialist grocers next door in 2010.

According to the design and heritage statement, both premises have since been outgrown and the requirement for more space is one of the main reasons behind the plans.

Plans also include removing the existing internal staircase at ground floor level only.

The proposal states that this will provide a formal separation between the shop and maisonette with improved security and fire resistance, as well as providing much needed additional sales space to the business.

Plans state: "It is not believed that the loss of the above structures will be detrimental to the character of the heritage asset. It is believed the positives resulting from the scheme will outweigh any harm caused to the building.

"The new store room will provide additional storage space and will have the benefit of being accessed internally from within the shop, a much more practical arrangement than the existing."