Plans have been put forward for the proposed demolition of a disused telephone exchange building in Howtown, near Penrith, to make room for the manager's accommodation for The Howtown Hotel.

The application was submitted to the Lake District National Park Planning Authority on March 22 by xsite architecture LLP, on behalf of Mr Baldry. 

The blueprint calls for the deconstruction of an obsolete, timber-framed telephone exchange building and its substitution with a two-bedroom residence.

The future occupant would be a hotel manager with their family for the adjacent Howtown Hotel.

According to the application, the new dwelling is a crucial factor in supporting and ensuring the sustainability of the hotel business.

The design and access statement reads: "The proposal removes a long-term vacant, unused and unusable poor quality building and replaces it with a building appropriate to the local built and landscape setting according with key policies in the Local Plan.

"In addition, the proposal seeks to provide necessary staff accommodation tied to an existing established hotel business in the area, underpinning its sustainable future and with it economic benefits to the National Park and wider county."