A FORMER Cockermouth office could be changed into a beer shop and bar if the plans are approved.

The property in Lorton Street is located between a Chinese takeaway and holiday lets.

Crooked River Brewing Company is hoping to use the premises for both off and on-site sale and consumption of alcohol and has applied to Cumberland Council for planning permission.

The unit has an area of 68.15 square metres and a planning report states: "The building comprising of a double window fronted open plan room with existing cellar, toilet facilities and storage space.

"The building’s current owner has received approval for off-premises liquor licensing activities and qualifies for business rate relief."

News and Star: A plan of the site's locationA plan of the site's location (Image: Cumberland Council planning portal)

According to the report the applicant currently supplies beer wholesale products to businesses across Cumbria and the UK but does not have an outlet to sell directly to consumers (other than via a website.)

The report adds: "The premises is intended to be used as tap room (small bar) and beer shop."

The tap room would be used for the sale alcohol on the premises. The report states: "The space will be converted as a hospitality venue with limited seating for an intimate tap room experience.

News and Star: An impression of the outside of the unitAn impression of the outside of the unit (Image: Cumberland Council planning portal)

"The premises is intended to be a means for us to sell our beer products directly to consumers (plus other beer brands) and with supplementary bar snacks.”

Plans suggest the new business would be called the Crooked River Social.

When referring to the beer shop the report adds: "We intend to install display fridges to sell our products plus other beer brands for off premises sales.

"These are explicitly for consumers to take away as retail purchases as there will be no designated outdoor drinking area."