A NEW Italian-inspired cafe aiming to appeal to cyclists is on the cards for a popular town.

An application for planning permission for the proposed eatery - complete with a wood-fired pizza oven - at 1 The Gill, in Ulverston, has been submitted to South Lakeland District Council.

If given a green light, the Bici Cafe would also feature a bicycle fixed to the exterior wall of the property to help cyclists identify it as they ride through the town.

The proposed new venture for the premises, which were formerly occupied by Gill Cycles,  has been put forward for approval by Ulverston resident Katrina Allison who lives nearby in The Gill.

A statement outlining her plans states the cafe would be open six days a week - from 9am until 3pm and 6.30pm until 9pm on Tuesdays to Fridays, 9am until 10pm on Saturdays and 11am until 3pm on Sundays through the summer.

It would serve coffees from independent Cumbrian roasters, light snacks and baked goods, microbrews and Italian wines and cocktails.

A plan to reduce waste and adopt an ethical approach to left-over food is also outlined.

The plan states: "Waste from the cafe will be minimised with an ecological aim of using as much of the produce as possible to minimise wastage, donating unsold food, perishable products to local charities or others in need of food, and using a waste disposal unit for the small amount of food waste likely to be encountered."

It adds: "The cafe will welcome all types of customer, but will particularly seek to attract cyclists.

"The cafe decor and ambience is based on a contemporary industrial design, which is sympathetic to the history of the building."

Officials are now preparing the proposal ahead of it being presented to district planning bosses for determination.